An off-the-record roundtable discussion with

Frederic C. Hof
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Elizabeth White
Research Director, Center for the Prevention of Genocide
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Daniel Serwer
Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

As the violence in Syria drags on with an enormous cost in human life, the frequency of sectarian killings has become alarming. The longer the conflict continues, the greater the danger of mass violence against civilians, with some populations at risk for genocide. It is crucial that together with a discussion of how to bring the war to a close, we also assess the risk of future sectarian mass atrocities in Syria and seek options for mitigating that risk.

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East for the second round of our private, off-the-record discussion of options for civilian protection in Syria. The first round of discussions, framed around a commissioned study authored by Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, generated concrete recommendations to address the risks to civilians arising from sectarian violence. These recommendations have been consolidated into a draft paper by the group’s rapporteur Sarah Grebowski. Elizabeth White will open and frame discussion of the draft paper, encouraging feedback to finalize its recommendations. Frederic Hof will discuss relevant updates to the situation in Syria and Daniel Serwer will guide discussion of the scenarios for civilian protection outlined in the paper.

Download the Options for Civilian Protection in Syria Draft Paper here

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