The Atlantic Council’s Syria Project and the White Helmets invite you to a virtual public panel discussion on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss the devastating impact of the Syria-Turkey earthquake on the communities in northwest Syria one year on. Throughout 2023, local Syrian organizations have led the response in the immediate aftermath of the event and have continued to advance the rehabilitation and resilience efforts among the impacted communities. With the new humanitarian challenges facing the region in 2024, the overall humanitarian response is facing diminished funding and an uncertain future for the UN cross-border access from Turkey for populations in need in northwest Syria. Targeted military attacks from the Syrian regime and its allies against public infrastructure such as schools and hospitals continue to further hinder the return to normality and the full recovery of civilians impacted by the devastating natural disaster.

The discussion will feature a distinguished group of experts to provide a comprehensive overview of the lasting impact of the earthquakes, the efforts to recover, and what the international community should do to support populations in northwest Syria. 

This conversation will be broadcast on Zoom, Twitter, and Facebook in English and Arabic starting 12:00 p.m. (ET).

Please register to attend and join us online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to attend. The event is open to members of the press and will be on the record.

In conversation with

Qutaiba Idlbi
Nonresident Senior Fellow & Head of the Syria Project,
Atlantic Council

Raed al Saleh
Head of the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defence),
White Helmets

Alex Mahoney
Division Chief for Middle East Levant, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance,

Amany Qaddour
Executive Director,
Syria Relief and Development

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Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

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