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Next Steps for the Israelis and Palestinians

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 9:00am
The 50-day heightened hostilities in Gaza left an unprecedented scale of damage. The UN reports 2131 Palestinians were killed, 1473 identified as civilians, including 501 children. 108,000 persons are homeless and nearly half a million with inadequate water access. Gaza's economic sector also suffered major devastation, including the destruction or damage of hundreds of factories and thousands of acres of farmland. The IDF reports that 4,000 rockets were fired. 67 soldiers and 6 civilians were killed. 

Not Who We Are

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
We have reached capacity for this event and are no longer accepting RSVPs. Thank you. 

With no end to the bloodshed in Syria in sight, the number of registered Syrian refugees is estimated to surpass 3 million in September 2014. Lebanon alone, a country of about 4.8 million citizens, has received far more than a million Syrians fleeing the war. Behind these figures of incomprehensive magnitude lays a mosaic of human destinies, stories and faces. 

Israel, Gaza, and the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Violence

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:30pm
We are witnessing an explosion of violence in Israel and Palestine. The Israeli army commenced a military operation against Gaza on July 8, with air and naval bombardments. Meanwhile, the military wing of Hamas has claimed responsibility for dozens of rockets launched from Gaza at Israeli civilian population centers all over the country, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

Meet the Syria Opposition

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
The Syrian conflict just entered its fourth year and according to some estimates the death toll is approaching 150,000 killed. A revolution that began peacefully has morphed into one of the most violent wars in recent memory, creating not just bloodshed but an unparalleled humanitarian crisis. "Victory" for any party remains elusive, the Geneva talks proved fruitless and the UN's Syria envoy is preparing to leave the task for someone else. So what possible solutions exist for Syria?

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.
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