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ENRICH-0019 – Curr Iss: Syria (ENRICH-0019_SYRI)

Syria: Destruction of a Nation

Now in its sixth year, the civil war in Syria ranks among the Middle East’s most violent and destructive, with nearly 500,000 Syrians killed and half the country’s population displaced. Along the way, the deadly conflict, which originated in 2011 with peaceful anti-government protests, has drawn in such regional powers as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, and world powers including the U.S. and Russia. Can these key countries come together to play a constructive role? While Syria has become the headquarters for the region’s most violent terrorist organization, the Islamic State, it also hosts numerous others, including Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, as well as hundreds of Islamic, democratic and tribal opposition groups. What precipitated the conflict and what accounts for this previously secular state’s descent into today’s chaotic sectarian deadlock? What options might exist for ending the conflict and the humanitarian disaster it has created? In a scenario in which Syria becomes truly democratic and peaceful, what does the future hold for President Bashar al-Assad, the Alawites and Sunnis, the Kurds of the north, the many Christian minorities, and the various terrorist organizations? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, Distinguished Fellow at DU’s Center for Middle East Studies, to examine the ongoing destruction of Syria.

Two sessions
Thur., 7-9 pm, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 2017
Location: Room 453, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies. From August 2016 to March 2017, he served as a visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Wyoming. Holding nearly 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience, Ambassador Grappo’s career with the U.S. State Department included service in Jerusalem as head of the Quartet mission and Envoy under former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to Oman; and Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 55Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $85


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday28th September 20175th October 201707:00PM - 09:00PMSturm HallGary Grappo