Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad
PLEASE NOTE MEETING IS NOW IN COMMITTEE ROOM 11
Please join Caabu for a public briefing and Q&A session on the Syrian crisis with David Lesch.
When: Wednesday, 6 February, 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Where: Committee Room 11, House of Commons
Chair: Brooks Newmark MP
About the speaker:
David Lesch is author of Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad. Lesch is one of very few Westerners to have had access to al-Assad and witness first-hand his transformation from moderniser to reactionary tyrant and in this book analyses the end game for the old regime
Lesch, met with Assad many times between 2004 and 2009 and initially believed al-Assad had what it takes to become a real reformer and take Syria towards genuine democracy as well as international credibility [as he discussed in his 2008 book: The Lion of Damascus]. Yet for Lesch, like millions of other, Assad was destined to disappoint. In this timely book, the author explores Assad’s failed leadership, his transformation from bearer of hope to reactionary tyrant and his regime’s violent response to the uprising of his people in the wake of the Arab Spring.
He is uniquely able to provide assessments and interpretations based on personal observation and involvement - and an informed analyses of how and why Syria is different from the other countries of the Arab Spring and feels he has been able to penetrates the secretive state in an unparallelled way - telling the genuine inside story: both personal as well as political. He is a frequent consultant to US government departments on Middle East issues and a regular commentator on US radio and has been conducting an extensive events programme in the US over recent months discussing these issues.
Seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
To enter parliament, please use Cromwell Green entrance, marked 7 on this map.
Allow at least 20 minutes to pass through security.
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