Thu, 11/29/2012 9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Middle East Institute and International Relief and Development are proud to host U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, USAID's Mark Bartolini, Albert Cevallos of IRD, and Kelly Clements of DOS-PRM for a conversation on the humanitarian dimension of the Syrian crisis.  As the situation in Syria deteriorates by the day, what can the United States Government, the U.N., and NGOs do to address the needs of Syrian refugees throughout the region?  What are the specific challenges posed by the daily attacks on and displacement of Syrian citizens, and what more can and should the international community be doing in terms of providing assistance?  Our esteemed panelists will examine these questions and offer suggestions on ways in which the U.S. and multilateral actors can offer humanitarian relief to Syrians affected by the conflict. Please join us for what promises to be a timely and engaging discussion.

Opening remarks:
Arthur B. Keys, President and CEO, IRD

Panelists:
Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Mark Bartolini, Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
Albert Cevallos, Acting Director of Democracy, Governance, & Community Development, IRD
Kelly Clements, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, DOS

Moderator: Amb. Deborah Jones, Middle East Institute

To RSVP for this event, email rsvp@ird-dc.org