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Media and Civil Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30pm
Please note that the first half of the event will not streamed due to video content. The webcast will begin around 1:15.

The conflict in Syria is being presented to the international community through a complex mix of state, opposition, international and local media sources. Individuals and NGOs in Syria have also effectively used social media to show the world the horrors of the conflict. As the crisis has evolved, so too have the ways in which activists have deployed the media available to them.

Unrecognized and Unwanted

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:30am
The Oslo Accords – signed in the 1993 – classified 60 percent of West Bank lands as "Area C." An estimated 300,000 Palestinians live this area which also hosts all 125 Israeli settlements. Israeli authorities have full control of this area, including sole control over planning and construction. Israel strictly limits Palestinian inhabitation, construction and development in Area C.

The War in Syria

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:15pm
With the Syrian crisis entering its fourth year, the New America Foundation’s International Security Program is taking stock of current developments in and projected scenarios for ending the crisis. Headlines about Syria have been overwhelmed with details of the battlefield and the more than 9 million people who have been affected by the fighting. The fight between President Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition groups has long been stalemated, yet recent battles suggest that Assad is winning the war. But is this really the case?

Peace for Israel and Palestine?

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:00am

In collaboration with the Arab American Institute.

As Secretary of State John Kerry’s April deadline for a peace agreement approaches, a key concern is whether the Israeli and Palestinian publics are ready to support an agreement. Where do Israelis and Palestinians stand on key issues, and what kind of peace agreement do they want?

Syria’s Impasse

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
In Collaboration with the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

Telling Their Story: A Journalist's Mission to Syria

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:00am
Syria is now the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. According to Reporters Without Borders, over 110 news providers have been killed inside Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 and at least 60 are counted as detained, abducted, or missing. This deadly environment means that journalists must balance their mission to tell the story with concerns for their own safety.

The Socio-Economic Consequences of Armed Conflict in Syria

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 9:30am
The conflict in Syria has exacted a devastating humanitarian toll, destroying the socio-economic livelihoods of millions of Syrians. More than half of the Syrian population now lives in poverty, and nearly 4.4 million Syrians are living in “extreme poverty” without income or savings. The economy continues to contract while unemployment approaches 50 percent. Armed conflict has severely degraded national healthcare and education systems—almost 3,000 schools and hundreds of healthcare facilities have been damaged or destroyed in the fighting.

The U.S.-Egyptian Relationship: Business as Usual?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

Since 1979, the United States has counted Egypt as one of its closest allies in the Middle East, but the July 3 military intervention has introduced heightened tension in the relationship and has jeopardized the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. assistance to the Egyptian military. While the Obama administration has refrained from describing July 3 as a “coup,” it recently decided to curb the delivery of military equipment to the Egyptian Armed Forces. Is the 35-year partnership fraying, or is it business as usual between the two governments?

Back to Business

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:30am

In collaboration with Silatech and the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University.

U.S. Policy in the Arab World: Perspectives from Civil Society

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:15am

The United States has long shaped developments in the Arab world, but the 2011 popular uprisings and subsequent period of unrest have diminished U.S. influence and credibility in the region. More recently, Washington’s reluctance to militarily intervene in Syria and passive reaction to political changes in Egypt have further damaged its image in the eyes of Arab populations. While media coverage of regional events focuses on governments and street protests, the voices of civil society organizations are often marginalized or unheard.

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