Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Blog

As the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, calls for intervention have been challenged by a narrative that US cannot afford another, and arguably more devastating, Iraq.

Join the conversation Wednesday at noon on Twitter and tune in to our livestream channel to comment online as we host a conversation on Syria with two engaged Arab Americans with different perspectives.

Watch during your lunch hour and tweet your questions and comments to us @AAIUSA using the hashtag #Syria.


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Ms. Rana B. Khoury is an independent researcher who focuses on comparative politics and the international relations of the Middle East. She received her BA in political science from American University and her MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. In the intervening years she lived in Syria where she studied Arabic and taught English for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, and in Singapore where she worked for the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. She has contributed her writing to Jadaliyya, Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera English, Middle East Insights, Aslan Media, and the peer-reviewed journal New Middle Eastern Studies. Her work can be found on

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Related article:

Rana B. Khoury, "That Was Hama in 1982. This Is Syria in 2011," Jadaliyya, June 16, 2011

Ms. Yisser Bittar received her BA in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. Currently, she is the government relations and advocacy assistant for the Syrian American Council where she focuses on community outreach and grassroots mobilization. The Syrian American Council is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting educational, civic, economic, and human development, as well as advancing civil liberties and human dignity in Syria. 

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Related article:

Jenna Johnson, “After uniting on Facebook, Syrian Americans travel to war’s edge,” Washington Post, February 4, 2013



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