Following the rancorous opening of the Geneva II peace talks, and amid competing proposals and counter-proposals by the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East convened a panel of experts on January 28, 2014 to parse the talks to date and to forecast possible outcomes. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof,
who participated in the first round of UN-sponsored Geneva negotiations in 2012, framed the conversation. He was joined in Washington by Mona Yacoubian
, Senior Advisor on the Middle East at the Stimson Center, who provided analysis of the talks to date, and was joined by video from the sidelines of the negotiations in Geneva by Bassel Korkor
, legal adviser for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.