The war in Syria is worsening and President Obama has pledged to help arm the opposition to President Assad. At this point even though the vast majority of U.S. citizens do not want to intervene, President Obama has promised small arms. But war-hawks want to go further and try to create a no fly zone, provide heavy weapons, use cruise missiles to attack key targets and do whatever else they can to ensure the current regime falls. Join us for a panel briefing on Syria discussing what is happening to Syrians, what next, how we can push for no U.S. intervention and pursue avenues to end the violence.
Listen to the June 26th panel briefing on Syria with Suzan Bouland, Dr. Stephen Zunes and Captain James Yee talk about the situation in Syria. Scroll down to listen to the full presentation, Q & A or individual presenters.
Suzan Boulad is a Syrian-American youth involved in the revolution any way she can. She was part of a trip to Syria in March where she delivered aid and coordinated with civilian activist groups. She is the editor of the Alliance for Kurdish Rights and is focused on minority rights, both in Syria and in general. She will be attending the University of Minnesota School Of Law in the fall.
Dr. Stephen Zunes Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
James J. Yee is a former US Army Chaplain and graduate of West Point with a degree in International Relations from Troy University. Captain Yee’s daughter and his former wife live in Damascus. Yee is best known for his service as the Muslim Chaplain for the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2003 after objecting to prisoner abuses he witnessed, Captain Yee was accused of spying, espionage, and aiding the alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. He was arrested and imprisoned in a Navy brig for 76 days. All charges were eventually dropped.