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Uniting Syria with the United States to Achieve Peace with Israel

Syrian Ambassador to the United States to Speak at American University on Nov. 11

WHO:  The Honorable Dr. Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the United States

WHAT:  Speech: Syria: Prospects for Normalization of Relations with the U.S. and Peace with Israel?

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:  American University, School of International Service Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016    

DETAILS:  Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, AU’s Univ. Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, DC (November 6, 2009)—The Honorable Dr. Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador to the United States, will discuss developing ties between Syria and the United States while working to achieve peace with Israel in a speech at American University on Wednesday, November 11 at noon.

Moustapha will address the importance of strengthening diplomacy between Syria and the United States to achieve peace in a speech to students in American University’s School of International Service, the largest school of international service in the nation.

In his speech, Moustapha will elaborate on the positive results a mended Syrian-U.S. relationship would have in the field international relations and in Arab-Israeli conflict resolution.

Moustapha was named ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United States in March 2004. Prior to his appointment he served as the dean of the faculty of information technology at the University of Damascus and as secretary-general of the Arab School on Science and Technology. Moustapha has contributed, both as a consultant and an academic, to science and technology policies in the Middle East.  

Robert Satloff, executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will deliver commentary that will offer an alternative view to Moustapha’s position.  The event will be moderated by Robert Pastor, professor in American University’s School of International Service and a senior advisor on conflict resolution in the Middle East at the Carter Center.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.