At the RAPSU general membership meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2007 Dr. John Damis was the guest speaker. Dr. Damis is s professor of Political Science and International Studies. He is also the director of the Middle East Study Center. He earned an AB in history at Harvard College (1962); an AM in Middle East Studies at Harvard University (1964); and his Ph.D. in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1970). He has worked for the Department of State (1975-77) and the United Nations (1993-94). His publications include four books and monographs and over thirty articles and chapters on the politics and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa.Dr. Damis gave a very organized talk devoting 20 minutes to current conditions in Lebanon and 20 minutes to current conditions in Iran. There was a lively discussion period for another 20 minutes concerning aspects of his talk and other topics such as Iraq and Afghanistan.