What’s love got to do with it?

Quite a lot, actually.

Especially in the conservative Middle East, where some political scientists believe frustration over the religious divides between the sexes lead to growing political tensions.

The World Affairs Council is presenting – appropriate to St. Valentine’s Day – Michael Oghia, who blogs about love in Lebanon.

Michael Oghia, recently earned his Master’s Degree from the American University Beirut, where his thesis focused on romantic love among Arab youth in Lebanon, according to a WAC news release.

The purpose of Oghia’s research is to explore how a sample of unmarried, Arab youth form and maintain romantic relationships. He focused on how they defined, experienced and identified romantic love, according to the release.

Oghia blogs at LOVEanon.com:

A blog about love, relationships, and dating with a Lebanese twist. The purpose of this blog is not to give advice, but rather to connect relationship research, life anecdotes, experiences, and resources to you in a convenient way that can help understand who we love, why we love them, what we look for in a partner, and how we can create better, stronger, and more meaningful relationships.

This is the premier Global Nights event for 2013.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Saffron’s Persian Restaurant, 131 W. Market St.

The event is free, but you need reservations here.

About The World Affairs Council: The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote international affairs to the region through its international visitor program and speaker events.