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Syria: Why Washington Cares

A lecture by Frederic C. Hof, Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs at the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace at the US State Department.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs Frederic C. Hof returned to government service in 2009 to lead the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace’s efforts to achieve Syrian-Israeli and Lebanese-Israeli peace agreements and to advise the Secretary of State and other senior U.S. officials on Levantine political and security issues.
He previously held senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense before serving as president and CEO of AALC Ltd, an international consultancy. Mr. Hof’s professional life, both in the public and private sectors, has focused largely on the Middle East. From January through May 2001 he directed the Jerusalem field operations of the Sharm el-Sheikh (Mitchell) Fact-Finding Committee and in 1983 (after serving as U.S. Army Attaché in Beirut) he was a principal drafter of the “Long Commission” report that investigated the October 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine headquarters at Beirut International Airport. He has also written extensively on the region, focusing on Arab-Israeli boundary and water issues, with publications including Galilee Divided: The Israel-Lebanon Frontier, 1916-1984 (Westview Press, 1985), Line of Battle, Border of Peace? The Line of June 4, 1967 (Middle East Insight, 1999), and Beyond the Boundary: Lebanon, Israel and the Challenge of Change (Middle East Insight, 2000).
He is a Vietnam War veteran and holds a Purple Heart along with other military decorations and civilian awards.

Sponsor(s): Center for Middle East Development

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