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EB Media Appearance

DR. YOSSI OLMERT, MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS EXPERT, TO GIVE BRIEFING ON SYRIA AT A BENADOR BREAKFAST IN NEW YORK

November 16, 2005 - 8:30 AM EST

BENADOR ASSOCIATES
requests the pleasure of your company
at a breakfast with


Dr. Yossi Olmert

Former Director of the Government Press Office and
Advisor to then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir


Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at 8:30 AM
At the law offices of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
1633 Broadway
between 50th & 51st Streets
22nd Floor
New York City

$50 per person
checks only
payable to Benador Associates

R.S.V.P.

by e-mail: eb@benadorassociates.com
Subject Line: YOSSI OLMERT

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For over a century, Syria prided itself for being the main bearer of Arab nationalism in the Middle East. Pan-Arabism, as well as other regional ideologies, all grew up in the streets of Damascus and Aleppo, thus enabling Syria to consider itself as the "heart" of Arabism. The current ruling party in Syria, the ba'ath party, is, in fact, the classic Pan-Arabist party in the Middle East.

Yet, Syria became notorious for its chronic political instability. For over two decades, there was an endless march of generals celebrating successful military coup-d'etats. So, the country also became known as"the sickman" of the Middle East. The ascendancy of Hafez al-Assad to power in 1970, brought a change. Through the application of brutal, repressive measures which cost the lives of tens of thousands of Syrians, the regime managed to create a relatively stable political environment in Syria. Capitalizing on this relative stability, the regime embarked upon an ambitious regional policy and an ongoing alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Terrorism became the main tool with which the Assad regime fostered its ambitions.

The death of Hafez al-Assad in 2000, strained enormously the regime under its chosen son, Bashar. The cumulative effect of the new circumstances coupled with the inexperience and immaturity of Bashar, brought the regime to the brink of collapse. However, the coup de grace hasn't come yet, and when coming, might have critical repercussions for the Middle East.

To elaborate further on these issues, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Yossi Olmert, one of the leading experts on Middle Eastern affairs and particularly on Lebanon and Syria. http://www.benadorassociates.com/olmert.php

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