Northern Plains Ethics Institute to host public forum on Persian Gulf issues

Northern Plains Ethics Institute to host public forum on Persian Gulf issues


The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU is set to hold a public forum titled “Iran, the Arabs and Crises in the Gulf: Past as Present – Present as Future.” Roby C. Barrett will provide a comprehensive explanation of contemporary crises in the Persian Gulf within the context of mounting political, cultural and historical factors that are accelerating these conflicts.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in NDSU’s Minard Hall room 116. The event is free.

Barrett is a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University at U.S. Special Operations Command, an adviser and lecturer at Special Operations Central Command and an expert on intelligence, security and counterterrorism operations with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the author of “The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony: Arabs, Iranians and West in Conflict.”

He has served as a subject matter expert with the intelligence community as well with numerous U.S. and allied militaries. He is a former Foreign Service officer with an intelligence background as well as a former visiting professor at the Royal Saudi Arabiani War College in Riyadh.

His talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

“Roby Barrett is one of the leading, most highly respected experts on the Middle East., said Dennis Cooley, Northern Plains Ethics Institute director. “That is why he is in high demand as the featured presenter at international seminars and for many militaries’ top officers’ training, as well as by cable and media outlets for his perspectives.”

Questions or requests for accommodation can be directed to Cooley at 701-231-0738 or