The Syria Dilemma: A Conversation with Danny Postel, Afri Jalabi and Bernardine Dohrn

Three longtime writers and activists discussed the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres describes the three-year Syrian bloodbath as “the worst humanitarian disaster since the end of the Cold War.” More than 130,000 Syrians have lost their lives, an average of 6,000 flee every day, and hundreds of thousands are on the brink of starvation, with no access to food or medical supplies, in besieged towns across the country.

Three longtime writers and activists — Danny Postel, Bernardine Dohrn and Afra Jalabi (two of them contributors to the recent book The Syria Dilemmawhich The Progressive named one of the best books of 2013)— discussed the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict, the response of the US peace movement to the war, and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people.

Danny Postel, co-editor of The Syria Dilemma, is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future. He blogs for Critical Inquiry, Truthout and the Huffington Post.

Afra Jalabi, a contributor to The Syria Dilemma, is a Syrian writer and activist living in Montreal. She is active in the Syrian Nonviolence Movement and serves on the Executive Committee of the Day After Project, an international working group of Syrians representing a large spectrum of the country’s opposition engaged in an independent transition-planning process. She was a signatory to the Damascus Declaration, an umbrella group that aimed to improve human rights and create gradual change in Syria.

Bernardine Dohrn is retired Clinical Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, founding director of the Children and Family Justice Center, and co-founder of the Center on the Wrongful Convictions of Youth. She serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and on the Advisory Committee of The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council. She was national leader of SDS and the Weather Underground, and was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

This event is presented by the International House Global Voices Lecture Series, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, the Center for International Studies World Beyond the Headlines Series, the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, and Critical Inquiry.

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