The Author
Ron E. Hassner is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is co-director of Berkeley's Religion, Politics and Globalization Program.

He is a graduate of Stanford University with degrees in political science and religious studies. His research revolves around symbolic and emotive aspects of international security with particular attention to religious violence, Middle Eastern politics and territorial disputes. His publications have focused on the role of perceptions in entrenching international disputes, the causes and characteristics of conflicts over sacred places, the characteristics of political-religious leadership and political-religious mobilization and the role of national symbols in conflict.

Professor Hassner was a fellow of the MacArthur Consortium on Peace and Security in 2000-3. In 2003-4 he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Olin Institute for International Security, Harvard University.  In 2007-2008 he was a visiting professor at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University.
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