March 26, 2009, 10:30 - 3:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
By recently sending two top envoys to Syria, the Obama White House is signaling the change it promised by engaging Damascus. What opportunities might the new administration be able to exploit, given the changing regional and international dynamics? What challenges can the Americans expect to face? And not least of all, what will U.S. engagement with Bashar al-Assad's regime mean for Syrian opposition movements?
Smith, Hannah, Badran, Elsbihi, Sieda
Bashar Elsbihi is the Washington Executive Director of the National Salvation Front in Syria and Senior Executive Producer and Bureau Chief for the Washington office of Zenoubia TV.
Abdulbaset Sieda, Ph.D., is an educator and author of numerous books, including Forgotten Seasons of Continual Sufferings: The Kurdish Question in Syria.
Tony Badran, a Research Fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is the author of a well-respected blog, Across the Bay, where he reports and comments on political developments impacting Lebanon and Syria. He is editor of the Syria Opposition Portal, a website that tracks news from within the various Syrian opposition movements.
12:30 – 1:00PM
The Future of the Syrian Opposition Movements
1:00 - 3:00PM
Smith, Ghadbian, Alhendi, Ziadeh, Razak Eid
Najib Ghadbian, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas and author of The Second Assad Regime: Bashar of Lost Opportunities.
Radwan Ziadeh, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies and a Visiting Scholar at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University.
Ahed Alhendi is a human rights activist and ex-political prisoner and is a founding member of the unofficial youth movement Syrian Youth for Justice.
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