Title

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

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
1:00pm
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Sam Brownback
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
Title Text: 
Ranking Member
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Dr. Walid Phares
Title: 
Professor; Senior Fellow
Body: 
Florida Atlantic University; Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Name: 
Farid Ghandry
Title: 
President
Body: 
Reform Party of Syria
Name: 
Entifadh Quanbar
Title: 
Special Envoy and Spokesperson
Body: 
United Iraqi Alliance
Statement: 
Name: 
Steven Emerson
Title: 
Executive Director
Body: 
The Investigative Project
Name: 
Ilan Berman
Title: 
Vice President for Policy
Body: 
American Foreign Policy Council

This hearing explored the destabilizing role that Syria and its support to terrorist organizations play in the security of surrounding countries, such as Iraq and Israel. The hearing examined the special relationship between Russia and Syria and this relationship’s destabilizing effects on the region. The Commissioners and witnesses reviewed Russian arms sales to Syria and the Syrian support for Hezbollah, both of which are affecting the security of Israel and Lebanon.

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