About The Event
About the panellists:
In his role as a NSW Police Force projects officer with a focus on multi-ethnic affairs, Tarek is the point of contact for the NSW Police Force’s engagement with multicultural media outlets. He often draws on his knowledge of international affairs to better understand the challenges and communicate with the target audience and provide the appropriate advice.
Tarek is often featured in multi-cultural media outlets such as SBS Arabic, Radio 2ME, Quran Kareem Radio and Iraqi TV as a spokesperson for the NSW Police Force for the Arab and Muslim communities in NSW. An international correspondent who has covered world events and the Middle East in depth, Tarek holds a Master’s degree in international relations with a focus on political violence.
Tarek has covered the 2003 Iraq war, the war in the Balkans, the Lebanese-Israeli conflict and terror attacks in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Persian Gulf. He is fluent in Arabic and his time in the Middle East has given him valuable insight into the workings of power structures and conflicts in the region. His work has featured in leading publications such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
Dr Noah Bassil
Noah’s academic interests include global political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the political economy of uneven north-south relations. He has published on a range of topics associated with colonialism and post-colonialism and most recently published a book titled “The Crisis of the Sudanese Postcolonial State” which re-examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur by contextualizing events in Sudan within broader regional and international patterns of politics, economics and culture. He is currently researching into the global, regional and national power relations that have emerged following the Arab uprisings.
About the facilitator:
Quentin Dempster AM is contributing editor of The New Daily. He is chairman of the Walkley Foundation which administers the annual Walkley Awards for excellence in Australian journalism. He is a former ABC TV current affairs presenter and interviewer and the author of three books: Honest Cops; Whistleblowers and Death Struggle. In 1986 he wrote and produced The Sunshine system, an ABC TV documentary about institutionalised corruption in Queensland. In 1992 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to journalism and current affairs.
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