Joshua Landis offers an update about the situation in Syria, and how chemical weapons affect the public’s view of the civil war. The panel also talks about the Edward Snowden case and the complexities of asylum and extradition.
Stigler, Oklahoma native Pamela Olson moved to Palestine after she graduated in 2002. She settled in Ramallah, where she worked as the head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor. She just wrote a book about her experiences called Fast Times in Palestine.
Listen to Pamela Olson's conversation with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis.
When Pamela Olson traveled to the occupied West Bank on a whim in 2003, she only expected to stay for a week. She stayed for two years, though, and served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Mustafa Barghouthi's 2005 presidential campaign – unlikely posts for a self-described “physics major, ex-bartender, volunteer from Oklahoma.”
“Of course I was intimidated,” Olson says. “I was worried because this was the first conflict zone I had ever been in, but just immediately I was made to feel so welcome.”