Ending the War on Civilians: A Discussion with Syria’s White Helmets

Monday 24 April 2017, at 1pm.
Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States.

Ending the War on Civilians: A Discussion with Syria’s White Helmets

Jehad Mahameed, Liaison Officer, Syria Civil Defense.
Manal Abazeed, Volunteer, Syria Civil Defense.

Moderated by
Faysal Itani, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council.

The Assad regime continues to bomb civilian areas, causing mass casualties and making normal life impossible in opposition-held Syria. Volunteers with the Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, have saved over eighty thousand lives at enormous risk to themselves. US policy has done little to end the killing in Syria. However, a recent US cruise missile strike on the regime’s Shayrat air base, the first direct US military action against Assad, has reinvigorated the debate over US strategy in Syria.

Safe zones have repeatedly emerged as a potential and critical component of a strategy to end the conflict. While attention tends to focus on the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) further north, southern Syria—a key area of operations for the White Helmets—is strategically crucial and a strong candidate for such protection.

Please join us on April 24, 2017 for a discussion on the war on civilians, the use of chemical weapons, and the case for a no-fly zone, with an emphasis on southern Syria, with members of the Syria Civil Defense.

Symposium, Monday 24 April 2017
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