Chaos in Syria Topic of "Up to the Minute" Discussion
As calls increase for international intervention in violence torn Syria, three panelists discussed the current escalation of brutality in that country, the staying power of the Assad regime, and their views on foreign intervention at an “Up to the Minute” talk at the Woodrow Wilson School on February 7, 2012.
Panelist Richard Murphy, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, used his own experiences in the country to set the stage for the discussion but also to highlight the on-going conflict in a historical context. Marwa Daoudy, v isiting lecturer in international affairs and visiting research scholar at the Wilson School, spoke of the causes of the revolution, and gave a detailed analysis of the degree of support for the regime, the discussion within the opposition as to whether it should be a peaceful or violent resistance, and her opposition to foreign military intervention. And Karam Nachar, a Syrian activist, graduate student in history and specialist on Syria, and child of a leader in the Syrian National Council, spoke of his personal experiences and interactions with members of the opposition, and the internal discussions among the various grassroots factions in the opposition movement about how to proceed and how the international community should be involved. The talk was moderated by Daniel Kurtzer, lecturer and the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at the Wilson School, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt.
The discussion was cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Workshop on Arab Political Development, the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; and the Department and Program in Near Eastern Studies.
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