What began as peaceful protests in Syria two years ago have devolved into nothing short of a civil war. The last 27 months have been a difficult and dynamic time for the Syrian people and their neighbors. The current crisis, though cut from the same “Arab Spring” cloth, is uncharacteristic of the uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, specifically in intensity of violence. Syria brings many questions to the forefront about democratization in the Middle East and American leadership and interest in the region.  Please join our distinguished panel of experts to discuss this topic. After a brief discussion by the panelists we will open the floor for questions.

This event is in collaboration with Ohio State University. 


  • Ammar Abdulhamid

    Founder, The Tharwa Foundation
  • Dr. Peter Mansoor

    General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History, The Ohio State University
  • Scott Mastic

    Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa at the International Republican Institute
  • Michael Van Dusen

    Senior Advisor to the President for Alumni Relations