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Worried about ISIS? Don’t be, says author and lecturer

Posted: November 9, 2016 12:15 p.m.

Gwynne Dyer, author of Don’t Panic: Islamic State, Terrorism and the Middle East, says terrorist groups “are considerably less important than they think they are.”
Gwynne Dyer, author of Don’t Panic: Islamic State, Terrorism and the Middle East, says terrorist groups “are considerably less important than they think they are.” Photo courtesy of gwynnedyer.com

The brutal tactics of the so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have sparked outrage and fear around the world. The fear may be real, but what is the actual risk? It’s an issue Gwynne Dyer talks about in his lecture on November 10 at the University of Regina. Dyer will evaluate the global threat of extremist groups.

According to Dyer the threat is not nearly as high as it seems.

Dyer is a historian who has worked as a journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs for the last 20 years. His twice-weekly international affairs column appears in over 175 newspapers in about 45 countries. He is the author of several books, including The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq (2007), Climate Wars (2009) and his most recent, Don’t Panic: Islamic State, Terrorism and the Middle East (2015), which has been translated into Arabic and Turkish.

He was born in Newfoundland and has degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, including a PhD in military and middle eastern history from the University of London.

Dyer’s lecture is entitled “Don’t Panic” and attempts to put the real threat level from extremist groups into perspective.
According to Dyer there simply aren’t enough people and resources there to make them a global threat – even though persistent media coverage might lead us to believe otherwise.

Dr. Nilgun Onder, international studies professor and associate dean of arts, highlights the timeliness of Dyer’s visit to the U of R.

“The faculty of arts looks forward to hosting the esteemed journalist and author Gwynne Dyer,” says Onder.

“Dyer is an astute observer of international affairs. His talk on ISIS and the Middle East could not be better timed, as some parts of the region are turning into an inferno while the UN is incapacitated to take any action.”

Event:   Don’t Panic – A Lecture by Gwynne Dyer
Date:    Thursday, November 10
Time:    7:00 p.m.
Venue:  Education Building Auditorium, University of Regina

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture and free parking is available. For full details please visit here.