For more than a year, Syrians have gathered every day, mostly peacefully, to demand democratic reforms. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has responded with brutal force, attempting to silence the protests with a military crackdown of almost unimaginable ferocity.
More than 10,000 Syrians have died in their struggle for freedom. An additional 200,000 have been displaced within the country by the violence, and another 30,000 have left behind their families, homes and livelihoods to flee across heavily-mined borders to the relative safety of tent cities in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
In view of the conflict, several student organizations at the University of Miami School of Law – including the International Law Society, the Muslim Law Students Association, the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review, the Criminal Law Society, the Military Law Society, and the Student Organization for Human Rights – have arranged a panel discussion on the origins of the conflict, the failure of diplomatic remedies, the pros and cons of humanitarian intervention, how the Syrian situation is different from last year's Libyan uprising, and what the U.S. and other "friends of Syria" can do to help resolve the crisis.
Panelists will include Dr. Doured Daghistani, Community Organizer with the Syrian American Council; Juan Larrain, Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, former Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations and former advisor to the United Nations Security Council; and Dr. Bradford McGuinn, Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, advisor to the U.S. armed forces and a frequent lecturer the U.S. Department of Defense. The discussion will be moderated by Markus Wagner, Professor of International Law at the University of Miami School of Law.