Envisioning Syria's Political Future - Obstacles and Options
Ausama Monajed, Director of Communications, National Initiative for Change
Wissam Tarif, Director, INSAN
Dr Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar, Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University
Dr Najib Ghadbian, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies, University of ArkansasChair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Long hailed and admired as a national reformer in certain quarters, Bashar al-Assad is entrenching his control over the Syrian population by force - but for how long? What direction will the protests take in Syria? Is the spectre of sectarian violence genuine in Syria, and can it be avoided? And how can the international community better respond to the ongoing crisis?
A distinguished panel of prominent academics and Syrian opposition activists will present their views.