Christina Markus Lassen, current fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, will speak at the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar Series today, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. in E51-395. Lassen came to Cambridge directly from Damascus, where for the last three years she has served as Denmark’s ambassador to Syria and to Jordan. Her talk, titled "Syria, Two Years into the Revolution," is based on her experience as a diplomat in Syria during the first year and a half of the uprising. Lassen will analyze the development and major turning points of the crisis, the power bases of the regime and the role of minorities, the changing nature of the opposition, the role of the international community and the potential regional consequences of the current crisis.
The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides an opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants and other experts from the Middle East, Europe and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.