NATIONAL PRESS CLUB MEDIA ALERT
The Syrian Tinderbox:
A psychological profile of Assad and best bets for putting out the fire
WHAT: Release of psychological profile of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and panel discussion
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th St. NW, Washington
WHEN: Wednesday, March , 2012, 12:30 p.m.
· Walid Phares, PhD, advisor to the US House Anti-Terrorism Caucus; Author, “The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East”; Washington
· Ekaterina Egorova, PhD, Political Psychologist & Consultant, Personal political consultant to President Boris Yeltsin; Consultant to corporations and political campaigns; Washington and Moscow.
· Magistrate Wolfgang Sobotka, Deputy Governor of the State of Lower Austria
· Michael Granger, Founder & Chairman, Capital Access Forum; Board Member, e-Lynxx Corp.; Serves on a White-House panel of industry leaders convened by the President’s Chief Economic Advisors; Chicago and Washington.
· Ken Feltman (Moderator), Publisher, Radnor Reports; contributor to Politico; past president, American League of Lobbyists and International Association of Political Consultants; Washington.
TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:
· Will Assad bend or break?
· Is Syria providing a smokescreen to Iran’s ambitions?
· Which opposition parties offer the best bet for regional stability and protecting Western interests?
· Could Syria trigger a slide into global recession?
· Will the Muslim Brotherhood seize political control, as it has in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya?
· How is the Syrian opposition currying favor in Europe?
· With the killing of journalists in Syria and the levying of criminal charges against and departure of US NGO employees in Egypt, is any hope of transparency, human rights, and liberty slipping away?
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BACKGROUND: Not groomed as heir and ascending to the Syrian presidency only after the early death of his elder brother, Bashar al-Assad had difficulty reproducing his father’s model of hard leadership. After an early attempt to modernize the political system, he found many citizens unwilling to live in the Assads’ empire and drew a conclusion typical of politicians with low self-esteem: deadly enemies pose a threat to everything that is dear to him, including the cause of his father, his clan and the party. Steeped in paranoia, a high need for power, a strong sense of danger and no fear of rejection, Bashar al Assad’s psychological profile mirrors those of some of history’s most brutal dictators.
Bashar al-Assad’s regime has massacred more than 5,400 Syrian citizens since March 2011, and the estimated number of political prisoners is reaching 40,000. In her Jan. 31 statement at the United Nations, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the world faces a choice: stand with the people of Syria or be complicit in the Assad regime’s brutal violence. On Jan. 24, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a bill imposing sanctions on Syria titled The Syrian Human Rights Accountability Act. Sen. John McCain has recently called to start supporting the Syrian opposition against Assad. “We all know that change is coming to Syria,” Clinton told the UN Security Council. “The question is how many more innocent civilians will die before Assad bows to the inevitable, and how unstable a country he will leave behind.” Hosted by Radnor Reports. For more information, visit radnorreports.com.