Posted by on August 06, 2012 in Blog

The Syrian uprising has gone through many phases since the first mass protests in March 2011. It has evolved – though some might say devolved – from a popular movement similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia, into a full-scale armed insurrection more reminiscent of the situation in Libya. In the past few weeks alone, Syrian security forces have laid siege to the city of Aleppo, mortar shells have fallen on the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, a bomb exploded inside a TV station in Damascus, and several high level Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab, have defected to the opposition. As the nature of the conflict changes on the ground, how should the Arab American community respond and react? What is the role of the diaspora community in helping Syria through this time of crisis? What lies ahead for the Syrian state itself, and will the chaos engulfing Syria lead to wider regional instability?

Join AAI for a Town Hall at Jerusalem Restaurant in Bridgeview this Saturday, August 11th, at 11:00am to discuss these questions and more.

Panelists include:

Leila Hilal: Director, Middle East Task Force – New America Foundation

Dr. Zaher Sahloul: Founder, Syrian American Medical Society

Dr. Ghada Talhami: D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, Emerita – Lake Forest College

Jerusalem Restaurant is located at 8310 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, Illinois 60455. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact me at with any questions about this event or to RSVP. I look forward to seeing you there.

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