Past eventMembers

Syria: The Fate of a Nation

4 July 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Christopher Phillips, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Lina Sinjab, Syria Correspondent, BBC News
Lord Williams of Baglan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Acting Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House; UN Under Secretary General, Middle East (2006-11)
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The speakers will discuss the on-the-ground situation of the Syrian civil war and consider the changing nature of the conflict in light of heightening sectarian divisions. They will examine the long-term repercussions for the Middle East, amid warnings that instability threatens to exacerbate Shia-Sunni tensions in the region more widely, sparking conflict among Syria's neighbours.

The panel will also reflect upon the response of the international community following the US decision to arm the rebels and the EU's lifting of its arms embargo, and offer their thoughts on the options that remain for outside actors to manage the crisis. 

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed for members only. The live stream will be made available here at 13:00 BST on Thursday 4 July.

ASK A QUESTION: Send questions for the speaker by email to [email protected] or using #askCH on Twitter. A selection will be put to them during the event.