Past Event

Syria Town Hall

Image - Syria Town Hall
Tue, Sep 10 2013 - 6:00pm

Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration
Fred H. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Mills College
Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Policy Expert, the Pentagon, U.S. State Department and National Security Council; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point
Keith David Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, and Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting

The crisis in Syria has created global tension since the recent poison gas attack that killed some 1,400 people. How should the United States and other world leaders respond? Should the U.S. Congress grant President Obama “limited” authority to launch a military strike on Syria? Would a limited military intervention be effective or would it cause more problems than it solves? What would military intervention look like? Cruise missiles? Drones? What are the targets and what is the goal if not regime change? Would it deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from more attacks on civilians – or provoke him to launch more attacks? Would it trigger regional havoc in the Middle East possibly involving Iran, Israel, Lebanon and others? What are the repercussions if the U.S. does not strike? How might diplomacy and negotiation work to bring peace to the region?

Our panel of experts will address these questions in a FREE Town Hall Meeting.

Also know: Photo by AslanMedia/Flickr. Program is In association with Middle East Member-Led Forum. Special thanks to Celia Menczel.