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Feb. 18: Syrian Ambassador To Speak At Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 25


Ken Walters                        

Syrian Ambassador To Speak
At Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 25

PITTSBURGH — Syrian Ambassador to the United States Imad Moustapha will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk, "U.S., Syria and The New Old Middle East: Confrontation or Cooperation?" will be given in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Arab Student Organization and is free of charge.

moustaphaA versatile writer, Moustapha has covered a variety of subjects in English and Arabic, ranging from the politics of Washington and U.S. policies, to fine arts, literature and music. He is the author and co-author of several books, including "The Echoes of Orpheus," "Concurrent Engineering" and "Creativity out from the Windows of Hell."  Most notably, he co-authored the Human Development Report in the Arab World (2003), sponsored by the United Nations.

Prior to becoming Syrian Ambassador in 2004, Moustapha was dean of the faculty of information technology at the University of Damascus and secretary general of the Arab Schools on Science and Technology. In June 2001, he co-founded the Network of Syrian Scientists, Technologists and Innovators Abroad. He has been a consultant to major regional and international organizations focused on science and technology policies in the Middle East.

Moustapha, an avid blogger, has a doctorate in computer science from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. His blog,, includes comments on his family and friends as well as culture, art, literature, music, history and Washington.