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The Washington Institute – Prosecuting Assad: War Crimes, Mass Atrocities, and U.S. Policy

August 2, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Wa’el Alzayat, Stephen J. Rapp, and Ben Taub

August 2, 2016

Join us for a live webcast on Tuesday with three experts on the Assad regime’s brutal behavior and the international effort to prosecute violators for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Syrian conflict.

As Bashar al-Assad’s forces tighten the noose around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, allegations of regime mass atrocities continue to hang over the battlefield and complicate efforts to reach a political settlement. Questions remain about the legal implications of the regime’s response to the uprising, the nature of Russian and Iranian involvement in the war, and the manner in which the United States and the international community will handle crimes against humanity and war crimes in the context of a future settlement.

To discuss what is known of the regime’s complicity in mass torture, the targeting of civilians and hospitals, and other issues, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Wa’el Alzayat, and Ben Taub, moderated by Andrew Tabler, the Martin J. Gross Fellow in the Institute’s Program on Arab Politics.

Watch a live webcast of this event starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and follow #AssadCrimes on Twitter.

Wa’el Alzayat is the senior policy advisor on Iraq and Syria to U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations Samantha Power, and a lecturer at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Stephen Rapp, the former U.S. ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice, currently serves as a Global Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and a distinguished fellow at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Ben Taub is a contributing writer with the New Yorker, where he authored the recent articles “The Assad Files” (on documentation tying the regime to mass torture and killings) and “The Shadow Doctors” (on regime targeting of doctors and hospitals). Reporting for “The Assad Files” was facilitated by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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