U.S. – Syria Engagement: The Role of Science, Health and Higher Education Cooperation

Education Cooperation
Date: March 26, 2009
Conversation: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch Reception: 12:00 PM
AAAS Auditorium
1200 New York Avenue NW
(entrance at 12th and H Streets NW)
Washington, DC 20005
Ambassador Theodore Kattouf: President, AMIDEAST; Former US Ambassador Syria and UAE;
Dr. Norman Neureiter: Director Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, Senior Adviser Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS;
Mr. Max Angerholzer: Executive Director, Richard Lounsbery Foundation;
Dr. Vaughan Turekian (moderator): Chief International Officer and Director Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS.
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Recent efforts by the Obama Administration to engage with Syria have increased the expectations that after years of tension, political relations between the two countries might be thawing. While challenges exist and the rapprochement is in its early stages, the tone has clearly changed, evidenced by recent, direct senior level meetings between the two countries. It is in this context that a high-level U.S. delegation from the NGO community, sponsored by Mr. Wafic Said, a Syrian-born businessman and philanthropist, visited Syria as part of a U.S.–Syria Dialogue on Science, Health and Higher Education. Please join the Center for Science Diplomacy for a conversation about the visit and a discussion of its potential broader implications for building sustainable relationships between the two countries.

Related Documents:
Syrian, U.S. Science and Health Leaders to Explore Cooperation 
ed. Edward W. Lempinen 
Science 27 March 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5922, pp. 1685 - 1686.

Syria-U.S. Science Diplomacy Yields Agreement to Seek Collaboration in Water, Energy, Agriculture and Other Fields 
Edward W. Lempinen 
AAAS News, March 26, 2009.