Workshop on Global and Regional Implications of the Syrian Crisis

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

(Speakers Subject to Change)

Sunday, November 3

8:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Ms. Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, United States Department of State
Neville Hall, Kravis Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Monday, November 4

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Panel Discussions and Conversation
Zoellner Arts Center

8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Donald Hall, Herbert and Ann Siegel Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Henri Barkey, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor or International Relations, Lehigh University

8:45 a.m. Panel 1: An Assessment of Conditions inside Syria and its Borderlands
Moderator:  Chaim Kauffman, Lehigh University
Joseph Bahout, Sciences Politique, Paris, France
Fabrice Balanche, CNRS, University of Lyon, France
Marc Lynch, George Washington University
Charlie Dent, United States Congress

10:30 a.m. Panel 2: The Neighbors and Interested Parties I: Iran, Russia, Turkey and Iraq
Moderator: Oles Smolansky, Lehigh University
Iran –Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Princeton University
Russia - John Parker, Wilson International Center for Scholars and National Defense University, Washington DC
Iraq – Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi,  Indiana University
Turkey - Ihsan Dagi, Middle East Technical University

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Panel 3: The Neighbors and Interested Parties II: Turkey, Gulf Countries, Kurds, Lebanon and Israel
Moderator:  Khurram Hussain, Lehigh University
Gulf Countries - Gregory Gause, University of Vermont
Kurds- Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Jamestown Foundation, Washington DC
Lebanon - Joseph Bahout, Sciences Politique, Paris, France
Israel – Benedetta Berti, Institute for National Strategic Studies, Israel

2:45 p.m. Panel 4: Views of the Region from inside Syria.  How the opposition perceives the neighbors and the interested parties? What is Assad’s government strategy?
Moderator and Panelist:  Ivan Watson, CNN International
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Syrian American Council
Marwan Kabalan, Sham Center for Research and Studies
Radwan Ziadeh, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

4:30 p.m. Panel 5: U.S. and Western Options?
Moderator:  Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
Frederic Hof, Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Washington DC
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC
Henri Barkey, Lehigh University
Mona Yacoubian, Stimson Center, Washington DC

8:00 p.m. Post-dinner conversation
Robin Wright, United States Institute of Peace and
Hisham Melhem, al-Arabiya News Channel
Moderated by Henri Barkey, Lehigh University

Tuesday, November 5

Closed roundtable discussion with students


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