Over the last nine years, I was invited several times to the Royal College of Defence Studies in Belgravia, London. I would give a comprehensive talk on Syria's history and politics to a group of British and European officers. There would often be representatives of several Arab countries in the audience as well. The RCDS is housed in Seaford House, used as Titanic's Grand Staircase in the 1979 miniseries SOS Titanic. I was often photographed during these events, and you can tell can by my smile just how pleased I was to be there.