‘Protecting Civilians in Syria: Policy Options’

Streamed live on Sep 16, 2015

A discussion featuring:
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Dr. Rola Hallam
Medical Director
Hand in Hand for Syria

Ms. Valerie Szybala
Executive Director
The Syria Institute

Mr. Raed al-Saleh
Head
Syrian Civil Defense

The United States and the international community continue to practice strong rhetoric regarding protecting civilians in Syria. However, after over four years of conflict the plight for civilians in Syria continues to worsen.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported that the United Nations and its partners were unable to deliver food and aid to over 422,000 people in besieged areas in July. On August 13, US Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power decried the Syrian regime’s dropping of over 2,000 barrel bombs over a six-week period; the following weekend barrel bombs killed over 100 people in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Chief Antonio Guterres said the number of refugees is forecasted to reach 4.27 million by year end. The Assad regime atrocities answered with words but no action devastate Syrian society and bolster ISIS in its worldwide recruitment.