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Distinguished Speaker Series – Bashar al-Assad & the Destruction & Reconstruction of Syria

November 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm


Join the World Affairs Council and The Contemporary (student-run public affairs start up publication at Trinity University) our Distinguished Speaker Series: Bashar al-Assad and the Destruction and Reconstruction of Syria. Dr. David Lesch, author of “Syria: the Fall of the House of Assad,” and professor of Middle Eastern History at Trinity University, will discuss the current situation in Syria.


Bashar al-Assad and the Destruction and Reconstruction of Syria


The Syrian civil war is now in its seventh year.  It has generated unprecedented death, destruction and dislocation. The tragic story begins with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fateful choice early in the 2011 uprising to crackdown on the protesters.  The uprising soon transformed into a full-fledged civil war and became a proxy battleground for regional and international powers.  Yet Assad has survived to date, and it appears that the international community is now focused on crafting a political settlement and reconstruction process.  Dr. David Lesch, who came to personally know Assad better than any other Westerner, assesses the Syrian president’s decision-making as well as the prospects for conflict resolution.

David W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University.  A PhD from Harvard University, Dr. Lesch has had published fourteen books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad, The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Assad and Modern Syria, and The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History. He frequently appears on national and international radio and television programs, and he has published opinion essays in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.com, among others. He is regularly engaged in high-level diplomatic initiatives, often working with the UN and the US government.  He met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on a regular basis in the last decade and continues to meet with high-level officials on all sides of the Syrian conflict.


Click here for Dr. Lesch’s latest op-ed:



Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30PM VIP reception – (Chairman’s Circle and Corporate Level Membership Required)
6:30PM Lecture

Chapman Great Hall
Trinity University
1 Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212


Free for all members of the World Affairs Council and all Trinity University students

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November 9, 2017
5:30 pm


Trinity University
1 Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
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