Five Years After the Syrian Uprising
Hosted by the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) will host the distinguished panelists in observance of five years passing since the beginning of the Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Assad. The discussion will address the current situation in Syria with respect to the 2011 uprising’s devolution into civil war and the underlying issues of sectarianism, the refugee crisis, the presence of ISIS, and the role of the international community.
Hassan Hassan is a resident fellow at TIMEP focusing on Syria and Iraq. He is the author, with Michael Weiss, of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, a New York Times bestseller, and was previously an associate fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Program in London and a research associate at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi. He is a columnist for the National in Abu Dhabi, where he previously worked as deputy opinion editor. Working in journalism and research since 2008, he focuses on Syria, Iraq, and the Gulf States, and studies Sunni and Shia movements in the region. His writing has appeared in the Guardian,Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times, among others. He has also written for the European Council on Foreign Relations on the Gulf states.
Lina Sergie Attar is the co-founder and CEO of Karam Foundation. She is a Syrian-American architect and writer. She developed Karam’s Innovative Education initiatives: the creative therapy and holistic wellness program for displaced Syrian children and the Karam Leadership Program, an entrepreneurship and technology program for displaced Syrian youth. Attar works on the Syrian border areas in southern Turkey biannually to run Karam’s programs and cultivate relief networks across Syria. Her articles and essays have been published in the NYT, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Politico and BBC. She has appeared on CNN, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, NPR and other media outlets.
Bassam Barabandi is former Syrian diplomat who is currently a political adviser to the Syrian opposition. He is a cofounder of the nongovernmental organization People Demand Change and a former adviser to the Syrian American council. His analysis on the crisis in Syria has been featured in publications and media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal,Foreign Affairs, the Middle East Institute and Foreign Policy. He has also been hosted by media outlets such as Al Jazeera English and Al Arabiya to offer commentary.
Geneive Abdo is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council she was a Fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center and a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Abdo’s work focuses on issues related to modern Iran and political Islam. She has authored several books on these issues and most recently published a monograph for Brookings entitled The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide. Her commentary and analysis have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, the New Republic, Newsweek, the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and Middle East Report.