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Conflict in Syria Forum: US Intervention and the Prospects for Peace
August 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A discussion on Syrian perspectives, the US role and activist response with Syrian American Marwa Alnaal, Boston University Professor Assaf Kfoury, and Arab NGO Network for Development Program Coordinator Nidal Bitari. There will also be commentary by Professor Elaine Hagopian from Simmons College.
The drawn out conflict in Syria is of great concern; 100,000 people have been killed and there are more than a million refugees, but intervention by the US and other countries creates the potential for a major regional war.
The US decision to supply arms to the opposition escalates the violence when a ceasefire and political talks are needed.
Most activists in the peace/antiwar movement and public opinion oppose US intervention, but there are many questions because of the complexity and lack of reliable information.
The Following Questions will be Addressed:
— What is the historical background of the current situation?
— What is the actual situation in Syria, who are the players and what are
their agendas? How are things changing?
— How are the US and other countries involved, including sanctions, “nonlethal” aid and covert actions? What can we do to oppose US
— Can the peace movement support a dialogue and “political solution by Syrians and for Syrians, based on the Geneva Declaration of June 2012”?
(Syrian American Forum)? How can this be achieved?
— Is there a way to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and other victims, through UN or genuinely neutral agencies?
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