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Panel Discussion on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

"Women refugees from Syria queue to register on arrival at the Za'atari camp in Jordan. 26 Jan 2013." Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license (CC BY-SA 2.0), courtesy of the UK Department for International Development.

The Department of Religious Studies is proud to sponsor a panel discussion on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, titled:

Syria the Human Toll: Prospects for Reconciliation and Redevelopment

Date/Time: Thursday, May 8, 7:00 PM

Place: Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30307

Description: “Not since the Rwandan genocide has the world seen a humanitarian crisis like the one caused by Syria’s civil war. As the conflict enters its fourth year nine million people have been displaced, the education system is in ruin and the country’s medical system is near total collapse. With religious extremism on the rise and opposition groups divided, the prospects for peace remain elusive for the near future. While much international attention is focused on political processes that will lead to a cessation of conflict and a peace settlement, Syria’s humanitarian crisis continues to deepen. Governments and private donors are focused on the challenges of meeting immediate needs for food, shelter and medical care. But, what are the prospects for the future? This public discussion with policy, NGO and academic experts provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives on the challenges of post conflict reconciliation and redevelopment in Syria.”


  • Basma Atassi: Journalist, Aljazeera
  • Hrair Balian: Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center
  • Karen Betts: Foreign Policy Counsellor, UK Embassy, Washington DC
  • Juan Cole: Professor of History, University of Michigan
  • John Blevins: Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University


Cosponsors include, the Laney Graduate School, the Institute for Developing Nations; the Carter Center,the British Council, and Georgia State University.

The event is free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP to or 404.727.1438.

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