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POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: Program on Syrian conflict to feature international law, humanitarian aid, foreign policy experts


As world leaders gather in Switzerland to engage in Syrian peace talks, faculty and students at Ohio University are organizing an event designed to foster dialogue on the Syrian conflict and its global implications.

The War and Peace Studies Program at Ohio University’s Center for International Studies and the OHIO chapter of STAND Against Genocide will present “Syria Interventions: Military, Legal and Humanitarian Intervention in Syria and Beyond” on Tuesday, Jan. 28. This interactive program featuring a panel of experts will begin at 5 p.m. in the Margaret W. Walter Hall Rotunda and is free and open to the public.

The Syrian civil war is about to enter its fourth year. Already, the conflict has claimed the lives of more than 130,000 Syrians and forced an estimated 2.5 million Syrians to flee the country, threatening the stability of the entire region.

The “Syria Interventions” program will allow participants to discuss the Syria conflict with experts in the fields of international law, humanitarian aid and foreign policy.

Guest speakers at the event will be:

  • Larry Yungk, senior resettlement officer in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Office for the United States and Caribbean
  • John Quigley, professor emeritus of law at Ohio State University
  • Laura Neack, professor of political science at Miami University

“This is a unique opportunity to delve into the challenges and complexities that Syria faces and the role of the international community from several different perspectives. Professor Ben Banta has worked very hard to bring in an excellent mix of experts, all of whom will shed light on various aspects of the Syrian civil conflict,” said Patricia Weitsman, director of OHIO’s War and Peace Studies Program and a professor of political science. “I hope people walk away from this event with a better understanding of the nuances of the crisis both internal to Syria and for the global community.”

This event is sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the War and Peace Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the International Student Union, the Student Senate Appropriations Commission, the OHIO chapter of STAND Against Genocide, and the Center for Law, Justice and Culture.