From Aleppo to Washington: Crisis in Syria

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Join the Penn State School of International Affairs and AMIDEAST on Thursday, February 9, for a panel discussion on the conflict in Syria and what it means for the Syrian people, American foreign policy in the Trump administration, and the international community at large. “From Aleppo to Washington: Crisis in Syria,” features a panel of distinguished foreign policy experts and practitioners, all of whom are connected with the School of International Affairs. The event will be held at the offices of international education and development nonprofit AMIDEAST— located at 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 600, in Washington, D.C.

Registrations are now closed, however, you can view the live stream of this discussion on the AMIDEAST YouTube channel.

On the panel:

  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck, retired judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy, international security scholar, and interim dean of the School of International Affairs;
  • Theodore Kattouf, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, current president and CEO of AMIDEAST, and a member of the School of International Affairs' advisory board;
  • Flynt Leverett, professor of international affairs at Penn State, former Middle East analyst at the CIA, leading scholar on the economics of international security, and author of Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial by Fire;
  • Rachel Sayre, senior disaster specialist for Yemen at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a 2011 graduate of the School of International Affairs; and
  • Scott Sigmund Gartner (moderator), director of the Penn State School of International Affairs.

The event will feature a robust analysis of a conflict that has ended the lives of nearly half a million people and spurred one of the largest refugee crises in modern history. The panelists will specifically address the root causes of the conflict, the response from the United States and the international community over the past five years, the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis, and how the United States may respond to this conflict under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
AMIDEAST, 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C.