Iraq, Middle East and Islam Experts News Tip Sheet

February 10, 1998

RICHARD PFAFF, professor emeritus of political science, has lived in Iran and Turkey, and is an expert on the Middle East and world affairs. He can address the politics of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf War. Pfaff has given expert testimony on Middle Eastern affairs in Congressional hearings, has been a consultant to the Department of Defense and taught classes on the Persian Gulf crisis in 1989-90. He can be reached at 303-499-4060.

LAKSHMI KANTHA, professor of aerospace engineering, works closely with the U.S. Navy using satellite data gathered from the TOPEX-Poseidon satellite that monitors ocean currents. Kantha provided ocean current data to the U.S. Navy in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War to help track free-floating Iraqi mines released in the Persian Gulf. He can be reached at 303-492-3014.

BERNARD UDIS, professor of economics, recently returned from a one-year fellowship at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington, D.C. He specializes in the economics of defense and the impacts of reduced military spending. He notes that Iraq owes Russia a large amount of money and that this influences Russia's views on the current conflict with Iraq and its attitudes toward allowing Iraq to increase oil production. He can be reached at 303-492-8872.

FREDERICK DENNY, professor of religious studies, is an expert on Islamic religion, Islam and gender issues, Muslim beliefs and customs, and the spread of Islam in the United States. Denny also can discuss the roles of people in Muslim society and how those roles are changing due to the diaspora of Muslim people around the world. He can be reached at his office at 303-492-6358.

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