As Syria announces a presidential election, much is still unclear, espcially in the midst of an on-going civil war. Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author hosted Dr. Najib Ghadbian for this discussion of the Global Leaders series at NYU Washington, DC.
The discussion focused on Syria’s horrifying civil war and the potential destabilization of the Middle East, the Obama administration’s response to the conflict, and the prospect, if any, of a political solution.
Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative of the Syrian National Council to the US and the UN, is a Syrian pro-democracy activist and academic. He served on the Board of the Day After Project, a cooperative movement by members of the Syrian opposition to outline a plan to rebuild the country and end the Syrian conflict once Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power. An Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas, he is the author of Democratization and the Islamists Challenge in the Arab World (English 1997 & Arabic 2002). His second Arabic book, The Second Assad Regime: Bashar of Lost Opportunities was published in 2006. He has contributed political commentaries to several US, European, and Middle East media outlets. Dr. Ghadbian’s research interests include democratization and leadership in the Arab world, Syrian politics, and US-Mideast relations. He serves as a Board member of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, and is a founding member of the Democratic Network in the Arab World. Dr. Ghadbian is a signatory to the Damascus Declaration (2005), and was a founding member of the Syrian National Council (SNC).