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Syria: Intervention or Endgame?

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Join us for an open, conversational forum on the Syrian conflict, prospects for peace and resolution,  and the big questions surrounding these issues. To intervene or not? The question seems to be hanging in the air, as politicians, human rights advocates, and the international community debate if and how to intervene in the Syrian conflict. As the increasingly isolated government of President Bashar al-Assad continues to defy international diplomatic efforts to halt violence,  upwards of 15,000 civilians at this point, what options are left? Read up on the issues, listen to podcasts from experts, and come ready to listen and share your voice and opinions on this complex and timely global issue. Moderated by Tom Bartlett, past president of the American University in Cairo and former Board Chair, World Affairs Council.

Thanks to the San Francisco World Affairs Council for inspiring this program format.

Discussion Questions:
1. Should the international community intervene in Syria? When do the violent abuses of a government exceed its sovereign rights?
2. What is the responsibility of the international community to protect civilians? Is an international consensus more important than immediate intervention?
3. What the next steps for the UN and Arab League to stem the violence? Should the US jeopardize future relations with China and Russia by using NATO to intervene?
4. Can a peaceful resolution be reached between the Assad regime and the opposition forces?

Suggested Reading:

“The Wrath of the Shabiha: The Assad Regime's Brutal Enforcers”, Time, June 11, 2012

“Frustration Over Syria”, Council of Foreign Relations, June 6, 2012

“Annan’s new road map for peace in Syria”, Washington Post, June 5, 2012

“Toppling Syria's Assad”, Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2012

Suggested Audio:

Radwan Ziadeh - The Syrian Uprising: The Long Road to Democracy at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, September 21, 2011
Rami Khouri discussing Syria at the World Affairs Council- San Francisco, June 20, 2012

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