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Gwynne Dyer to speak at Medicine Hat College

October 3, 2016

Gwynne Dyer, a London-based freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer, will return to Medicine Hat College (MHC) in October to present on his recent book, Don’t Panic: Islamic State, Terrorism and the New Middle East.

According to the synopsis, Don't Panic explains why the Middle East has become the global capital of terrorism, and examines how terrorist organizations in the Arab world have evolved over time, with particular emphasis on the events of the past fifteen years and the current situation in Syria and Iraq. In the end Dyer departs from his long-standing position that foreign interventions always make matters worse to argue that a little military intervention of the right kind may avert a genocide in Syria.

According to Dyer, the rise of ISIS has introduced a new style of terrorism that publicly gloats over acts of extreme cruelty has reawakened the fears of the global audience. But in Don't Panic, he argues that the advent of "Islamic State" and its clones does not substantially raise the risk of major terrorist attacks in Western countries. It does, however, pose a grave threat to the Arab countries of the Middle East.

Dyer has worked as a media member and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

A book signing of DON'T PANIC will follow the lecture.

Admission to this event is free, and everyone is welcome.

For more information on Gwynne Dyer, visit

Event Details

Free public lecture
October 6, 2016
7 p.m.
MHC Eresman Theatre