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Syrian Crisis: Behind the Fight - A Political Salon with Lara Setrakian

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:30pm

World Policy presents

Syrian Crisis: Behind the Fight
A Political Salon with Lara Setrakian

Tuesday, December 4
6:30 - 8:00 PM

This event is by invitation only.

As peaceful protests and calls for freedom devolved into civil war, the conflict in Syria has been the hardest to understand of the Arab revolutions. Yet it may have the widest consequences. The collapse of five decades of Baath Party rule in Syria has unsettled the unstable equilibrium that once prevailed in the Arab world and presented the region with difficult questions about what comes next. Ripple effects have spread to all of Syria’s neighbors, raising new concerns over stability in Lebanon, Jordan, and southern Turkey.
The World Policy Institute invites you to a Political Salon on the Syria crisis with journalist Lara Setrakian of Syria Deeply. She and her team have been tracking the story through an innovative new media platform that fuses professional journalism, user generated content, and social media to reveal deep insights on the dynamics behind the fight.

Related Reading:

"Taking Refuge: The Syrian Revolution in Turkey," World Policy Journal, Summer 2012.

Selected Blog Articles:
"Iran Arms Assad with Iraqi Help," World Policy Blog, September 19, 2012.
"The View of Damascus from Baghdad," World Policy Blog, August 1, 2012.
"Petitioning for Support: The Syrian National Council Visits the UN," World Policy Blog, July 19, 2012.

About the Speaker

Lara Setrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of News Deeply, whose vision is to significantly improve the user experience of foreign news and complex issues, helping users grasp, engage, and interact with what’s happening in a fast-changing world. Lara is an Armenian-American, Dubai-based foreign correspondent who has spent the past five years covering the Middle East for ABC News and Bloomberg Television. She has been recognized for her groundbreaking use of social media in reporting on Iran’s 2009 election protests and the Arab Spring. She reported live from Tahrir Square as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, and while covering piracy off the horn of Africa, she was the first American to interview the new president of Somalia. Lara was named as one of Marie Claire’s Top Women of 2012 and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

About the Sponsors

The World Policy Institute is a non-partisan center for global thought leadership focused on emerging challenges, thinkers, and solutions. World Policy fellows, events, policy development and media outreach, alongside our flagship World Policy Journal, provide a forum for solution-directed policy analysis and debate in support of a sustainable market economy, effective governance, and broadened security strategies.

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.

[Image courtesy of the Syrian Revolution Memory Project]




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