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Roads to a Free Syria: What are the International Community’'s Responsibilities and Options?

“Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), a widely acknowledged but inconsistently observed principle of international relations, obliges individual state actors to shield their populations from mass violence — and requires the international community to assist such states in the fulfillment of that duty.

Does R2P apply to the crisis in Syria? If so, how and to what practical effect? What other responsibilities and options might the United States and its allies have with respect to Syria’s civilian population? And, more broadly, what are the near- and long-term prospects for a secure, stable, secular, and democratic post-Assad regime in Damascus?

A panel of distinguished experts discussed these and related questions in light of current, still unfolding events.


Hillel Fradkin, Moderator

Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Marah Bukai, Panelist

Syrian poet and Political Activist

Naser Khader, Panelist

Hudson Adjunct Fellow and Former Member of the Danish Parliamen

Nasser Rabbat Panelist

Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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