Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Blog

Last week, we asked you to join us in a national Arab American conversation about some of the country’s most pressing foreign policy challenges: Egypt, Syria, and Palestine. This conversation began with a week of AAI-facilitated events and discussions about ongoing events in Egypt, and U.S. policy responses. You can view a recap of last week’s discussion on our website.

This week, despite new violence and increased casualties on the ground in Egypt and the announcement by US officials of the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, we are continuing our national conversation by refocusing attention on one of the most contentious foreign policy issues facing the Arab American community: Syria. Given events in Egypt, Syria’s bloody civil war has been in the media less and less even though the UN recently placed the death toll at more than 100,000 and millions are displaced or have become refugees.  

This week we will host both a Twitter chat and a national conference call on Syria, tackling issues including:

  • The latest on sending US arms to rebels and the increased militarization of the conflict 
  • The growing humanitarian crises and the US response
  • The implications of the civil war on the broader region

Below is a schedule for this week’s discussion on Syria. If you’re participating via Twitter, make sure to use the hashtag:  #AAIchat

Wednesday, July 31:
1:00-1:45p.m. EST Twitter Chat on #Syria #AAIChat

Thursday, August 1:
Arab American National Conference Call on Syria: (Time TBD)

If you are interested in participating in the conference call, please email Tess Waggoner.

A geo-political situation as complex and devastating as the one in Syria demands attention and input from engaged citizens like you who recognize the issues and can speak to them with conviction and courage. We hope you will be able to join us.

We want to keep the conversation going on Egypt and we’re looking forward to our discussion on Palestine in the coming week. Make sure to check back on our blog for upcoming announcements.

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