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DU Experts Dicuss Crisis in Syria at Tattered Cover

Nov. 5, 2013—Leading Middle East experts Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, both of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, will discuss their acclaimed new book The Syria Dilemma at a special event, Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Tattered Cover Book Store.

The Syria Dilemma was called an "excellent collection of essays" in the new issue of the New York Review of Books, one of the leading magazines in the United States, by veteran journalist Mark Danner.

The book "does a particularly good job of identifying what's at stake for Syria, her people, and the global powers with a vested interest in the region," wrote journalist Roxane Gay in The Nation magazine.

Hashemi and Postel, who run the University's new Center for Middle East Studies, will be joined at Tuesday's event by Tom Farer, former Dean of DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, who has a chapter in The Syria Dilemma.

"Syria has receded from the headlines, but the crisis is far from resolved -- in fact, the killing in Syria is on the rise," said Postel, Associate Director of DU's Center for Middle East Studies and co-editor of The Syria Dilemma.

"The media spotlight and activist attention have moved on, because a military strike by the United States is no longer imminent," said Postel. "Yet the need to examine the issues at the heart of the Syria crisis is greater than ever."

Events for The Syria Dilemma are scheduled in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. Tuesday's event at Tattered Cover will be the book's Denver launch, and kick off the national book tour.

Media is invited to attend the event and interviews may be arranged with Hashemi and Postel by contacting DU Media Relations at (720) 608-0240 or dumediarelations@gmail.com.

What: The Syria Dilemma: Special Event at Tattered Cover Book Store

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Who: Nader Hashemi, professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at DU Danny Postel, Associate Director of Middle East Studies at DU  Tom Farer, former Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at DU

Where: Tattered Cover LoDo: 1628 16th St.

Additional Info: Media is invited to attend and should RSVP to DU Media Relations at (720) 608-0240 or dumediarelations@gmail.com to arrange interviews with Hashemi and Postel.