The United States government is prepared to launch an attack against Syria because they believe that Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against his own people, that he has crossed a red line and must be held accountable.
1.Does the U.S. have irrefutable proof that Assad and not the Syrian rebels, used chemical weapons?
2. If the U.S. attacks Syria what will the fallout be in the region?
3. Is there any chance that Russia will be the unlikely mediator of the Crisis?
4.Now that Syria has stolen world headlines has the world forgotten about the crisis in Egypt?
The Global Consortium for Sustainable Peace is proud to host Professor James Gelvin and Professor Tariq Ramadan in a discussion of the Crisis in Syria and Egypt.
James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of four books: The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011); The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007, 2013); and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998).
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). His Latest books: are "Islam and the Arab Awakening" OUP USA (2012); “The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East” Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (2008).