David W. Lesch

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David W. Lesch at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.

David W. Lesch is a lecturer, author and commentator on Middle East history and politics. He is Professor of Middle East History at Trinity University (Texas) in San Antonio.[1] Lesch writes regularly for news publications and journals, and has appeared on television discussing Middle East politics, and particularly, Syria.

Education[edit]

Lesch gained an M.A. and Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1991.

Books[edit]

  • Syria and the United States: Eisenhower's Cold War in the Middle East (Westview Press, 1992)
  • 1979: The Year that Shaped the Modern Middle East (Westview Press, 2001)
  • History in Dispute: The Middle East Since 1945, Volumes 14 and 15 (St. James Press, 2003)
  • The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment (editor, Westview Press, 1996, 1999, 2003, 4th edition, 2006)
  • The New Lion of Damascus: Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria (Yale University Press, 2005)
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History With Documents (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Syrian Foreign Policy and the United States: From Bush to Obama (co-author) (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009)
  • The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics and Ideology (co-editor) (Westview Press, 2011)
  • Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad (Yale University Press, 2012 - forthcoming)
  • A Journey through Syria in Time and Place (forthcoming)
  • Historical Dictionary of Syria (co-author) (Scarecrow Press, 2012 - forthcoming)

Public Profile[edit]

Lesch has been asked to appear and discuss Syria and the Middle East on several US radio and television programs, including CNN,[2] MSNBC and CNBC. He has also had opinion pieces in The Financial Times,[3] The New York Times[4] and The Washington Post, among others.

He has travelled frequently to the Middle East on academic, business and diplomatic missions, and was president of Middle East International Business Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that investigated business opportunities in the Middle East for US companies.

In 2004 David Lesch began having regular contact with personal friend Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has since consulted with US government officials in their attempts to improve relations between the US and Syria.[5]

In May 2008, Dr. Lesch was recognized by Trinity for his outstanding research.[6]

Lesch was also the number one draft pick of the LA Dodgers in 1980 as a pitcher.[7]

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