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U.S., Syria and the New Old Middle East: Confrontation or Cooperation?

Dr. Imad Moustapha, Syrian Ambassador

Date: November 6, 2007 Duration: 77 minutes

Dr. Imad Moustapha has been Syria's Ambassador to the United States since March 2004. Prior to that, he was Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Damascus, and Secretary General of the Arab School on Science and Technology. He co-founded the Network of Syrian Scientists, Technologists and Innovators Abroad (NOSSTIA), and was an active consultant to international and regional organizations on science and technology policies in the Middle East. He was also a member of the Syrian team responsible for drafting reform strategies for the ministries of Culture, Education, and Higher Education.

Dr. Moustapha is a versatile writer with a long list of publications in English and Arabic. His writings cover the political scene in Washington, US policies, and book, art and music reviews. He has published extensively in Teshreen, Abiad-wa-Aswad, al-Hayat, al-Ahram al-Douali, Forward, the LA Times, and the Washington Post. His credits include more than 200 published articles, and he has authored, co-authored and edited several books (The Echoes of Orpheus, Creativity out from the Windows of Hell, and Concurrent Engineering). He is co-author of the UN sponsored Human Development Report in the Arab World (2003).

He has appeared in almost all major US, British, Syrian, and Arab TV news programs and shows, and presented a large number of public lectures in various Arab and American cities. He is also a blogger commenting on life, culture and friends in Washington (http://imad_moustapha.blogs.com). Imad Moustapha holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Surrey, UK. He is fluent in both English and French.