Telephonic Press Briefing with Deputy Assistant Secretary Rayburn on Syria

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July 23 Telephonic Press Briefing

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Please join us on Wednesday, July 29, for a telephonic press briefing with Joel D. Rayburn, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy for Syria, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Deputy Assistant Secretary Rayburn will discuss new U.S. sanctions on Syria under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities. He will take questions from participating journalists.

The briefing is on-the-record and will be conducted in English. Dial-In info will be provided upon rsvp

Joel Rayburn began serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and Special Envoy for Syria on July 23, 2018. He previously served in the Administration as Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon at the National Security Council from January 2017 to July 2018.

Rayburn is a retired U.S. Army officer who served in a variety of assignments in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States from 1992 to 2018. He also taught history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is the author of several books and articles on the Iraq War. He was commissioned into the Army after graduating from West Point in 1992 and holds a master’s degree in History from Texas A&M University and in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


· Participants should join the conference 15 minutes early.

· The operator will ask for your name, press affiliation, and location.

· Deputy Assistant Secretary Rayburn will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions.

· Participants will be instructed to push the “1” and “0” buttons on their phones to enter the question queue. You may also submit questions in advance via email to

· If you experience technical difficulties during the call, you may email to alert the moderator to any issues.

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