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Senator Sam Brownback, Chairman
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
March 7, 2005

RUSSIAN AND SYRIAN THREATS TO MIDDLE EAST DEMOCRACY FOCUS OF HELSINKI COMMISSION HEARING


(Washington) - The United States Helsinki Commission will hold a hearing on the Russian-Syrian connection and threats to democracy in the Middle East and the greater OSCE Region. Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) will preside over the hearing.

The Russian-Syrian Connection: Thwarting Democracy in the
Middle East and the Greater OSCE Region

Wednesday, March 9, 2005
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Witnesses:

Dr. Walid Phares, Professor, Florida Atlantic University and senior fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Farid N. Ghadry, President, Reform Party of Syria
Entifadh K. Qanbar, Special Envoy and Spokesperson, United Iraqi Alliance
Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council, Vice President for Policy
Steven Emerson, Executive Director, The Investigative Project

A transcript will be available on the Helsinki Commission's web site at http://www.csce.gov within 24 hours of the hearing.

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

 

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From left, Rep. Smith, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, Chairman Cardin, and Ranking Member Hastings hear testimony on threats to media freedom at a hearing June 9, 2010