TRI-CITIES, Wash. –“Terror in Context: New Partners?” is the topic of a forum Friday, Nov. 30, on the continuing implications of the September attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Washington State University professor Marina Tolmacheva — an expert in Islamic religion, Middle East history, Arabic civilization and ex-Soviet Central Asia — will lead the discussion session at the north Richland campus.

Her particular specialty is the former Soviet republics lying north of Afghanistan. She will discuss what they seek in partnering with the international coalition fighting terrorism and what the West can expect in the future.

The forum is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the WSU Tri-Cities’ East Auditorium.

“These discussions provide people from the community and the university a way to join a dialogue on the events of the last several months,” said professor David Sonnenfeld, one of the forum organizers.

“Many of our faculty members have continued discussions of these issues in their classes and, while we don’t pretend to have definitive answers, we hope the forums can be a way for people to explore these events which impact us all,” he said.