The Atlantic Council’s Syria Project and the Syrian American Medical Society invite you to a virtual panel discussion on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 09:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss post-conflict accessibility issues for communities with disability in the country.

In 2022, the Syrian American Medical Society completed its first long-term research project on disability and accessibility at its facilities across northwest Syria, which included surveying both its staff and beneficiaries. The discussion will feature a distinguished group of experts who will provide a comprehensive overview of this study and how it can be applied to other conflict settings.

The event will offer an in-depth analysis of the most current barriers to accessibility in Syria and whether or not these findings are consistent with accessibility challenges in other conflict or post-conflict contexts. It will also explore key recommendations on how international actors and disability-focused organizations can effectively address these hurdles.

This conversation will be broadcast on the Atlantic Council Website, YouTube, X, and Facebook starting at 09:30 a.m. ET.

Please register to attend to 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.


Diana Rayes
PhD Candidate, Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins

Sara Minkara
Special Advisor on International Disability Rights,
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Alaadin Zaza
Advisor on Disability Rights,
Syrian American Medical Society

Halyna Kurylo
Disability Rights Ukraine

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The Atlantic Council, Middle East Institute, and European Institute of Peace collaborate with subject matter experts and policymakers in the US, Europe, and the Middle East to develop a holistic strategy to sustainably forge a pathway to resolving Syria’s crisis.

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