About the Conference

On Thursday, January 10, and Friday, January 11, the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies will host a special conference on “Resolving the Syria Crisis,” exploring the complex and evolving dynamics of the strife, the key forces and players at work, prospective solutions to the conflict, and future scenarios for the country.

The conference will feature leading experts on the issue – scholars, journalists, political leaders, NGO activists, and members of the Syrian opposition – including Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, former member of the Canadian parliament Michael Ignatieff, Syrian opposition strategist Radwan Ziadeh, international law scholar Richard Falk, and Syria expert Joshua Landis.

The five panels will examine the national, regional, and geopolitical dimensions of the crisis; the structure of the Assad regime and the composition and agenda(s) of the opposition; scenarios for a post-Assad Syria; and options for resolving the ongoing crisis. The conference is free of charge and open to the public. Each panel will end with a Q & A period.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, and the Conflict Resolution Institute of DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the University of Denver’s Department of Religious Studies, and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

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