Syrian Civil War Panel to Discuss Future of Conflict, U.S. Foreign Policy

Washington, DC, January 26, 2017—As the Syrian civil war continues to drag on with no end in sight, AMIDEAST is pleased to host a panel of distinguished experts in Washington, D.C., on February 9 to discuss what this conflict 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” is organized by the Penn State School of International Affairs and will be held at AMIDEAST's headquarters—located at 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 600, in Washington, D.C.—from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9.

Panelists will include:
  • Theodore Kattouf, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and current president and CEO of AMIDEAST;
  • Admiral James W. Houck, former judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy, international security scholar, and interim dean of the School of International Affairs;
  • 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 Iraq and Syria at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and
  • Scott Gartner, director of the Penn State School of International Affairs, who will moderate the discussion.

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.

The event is free and open to public, and members of the press are welcome to attend. Prior registration is requested. Interviews with panelists can be arranged before or after the event upon request.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Garrett