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The Syrian Civil War: Russian and U.S. Intervention and the Prospects for Peace

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Please join us March 14 at 7:00 pm in Varsity I, Union South, for a special event sponsored by CREECA and the Society and Politics Committee of the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD). 

Five years ago this month, protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began, evolving into a multi-sided and devastating civil war. Amid hopes for greater democracy emerged extreme violence and the displacement of refugees on a massive scale. This UW-Madison student-faculty panel will address humanitarian aspects of the crisis, the domestic politics of intervention, the role of regional powers, and the possibilities for future cooperation between the United States and Russia as they lead international efforts to broker a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Following brief presentations by the panelists, there will be time for questions and discussion from the audience.  


Scott Gehlbach is a Professor of Political Science and Romnes Faculty Fellow; his work is motivated by the contemporary and historical experience of Russia and other postcommunist states. 

Yoshiko M. Herrera is a Professor of Political Science; her research interests include comparative politics, social identities, and politics of the states of the Former Soviet Union. 

Andrew Kydd is a Professor of Political Science; his interests center on the game theoretic analysis of international security issues such as proliferation, terrorism, trust and conflict resolution. 

Ahmad Muezzin, is a Graduate Student in African Languages and Literature and is a teaching assistant for Arabic. Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Syria, he is deeply committed to dialogue, communication, and education about Islam and serves as an Interfaith Student Fellow in the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions.

Uli Schamiloglu is a Professor of Turkic and Central Eurasian Studies; his research interests include modern social, economic, and intellectual history of Eurasia. 

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