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Participate in a public forum on the stunning developments in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries featuring scholar, author and journalist Thomas Lippman.

The forum, co-hosted by TTU's International Business Society, Saudi Students Club and the Tennessee World Affairs Council, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Tech Pride Room of TTU's Roaden University Center.

"Tech rarely has an opportunity to host a speaker of this level," said Brian Kennedy, president of TTU's International Business Society.

"We want this event to be free so that the entire community can attend,"said Fahad Alanazi, TTU's Saudi Club president.

Lippman, senior scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, spent a career as a newspaperman, including posting as the Washington Post Middle East bureau chief. He is author of numerous books on U.S. foreign policy, understanding Islam and Saudi Arabia, including the highly regarded "Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Relationship with Saudi Arabia."

Lippman recently finished the forthcoming book, "Saudi Arabia on the Edge: The Uncertain Future of an American Ally," as the dynamic challenges in the region were still unfolding. International media outlets and Washington think tanks regularly contact him to participate in discussions about Middle East affairs and provide assessments of Arab World developments especially in Saudi Arabia.

Lippman will be signing a limited number of his books at the end of the forum. The public is invited to join the TWAC to benefit from this and other opportunities. Details are available on the website.

The TNWAC's visiting speaker program is hosting a distinguished specialist on Saudi affairs who will sort through the issues "From Arab Spring to Iran Showdown" at the Belmont University public forum as well as stops at high schools, civic organizations, media outlets and universities in Middle Tennessee during a three-day visit.

IBS is open to all interested in international business, and study abroad programs. For more information, visit the IBS Facebook page (International Business TTU). For more information about the Saudi Club, visit