Sugar Bowl Academy hosts Ted D. Morse, retired Senior United States Foreign Service Officer

Sugar Bowl Academy (SBA) hosts Ted D. Morse, retired Senior United States Foreign Service Officer

Sugar Bowl Academy’s class, Seeking to understand extremism in the age of the Islamic State, hosted guest lecturer to discuss his experience with the Middle East unrest.

Norden, CA, October 30, 2015, Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA), Retired Senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Ted D. Morse spoke to SBA students, who have been studying Middle Eastern geography this term, about his experiences working and living in the Muslim world. His lecture focused on the emergence of ISIL and the connections with the war in Syria. This fall, SBA geography teacher Andy Knox, offered, offered a Middle Eastern studies course that is primarily focused on Yemen and the rise of the extremist groups through out the broader region.  Morse emphasized the importance that social media has on ISIL recruitment and their ultimate sustainability. His presentation hit home with SBA senior Kathleen Smith, whose yearlong senior project explores the question, “What factors enable a terrorist group in the Middle East?” Morse’s knowledge and expertise has helped to inform a future generation of potential diplomats and policymakers.

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