Middle East Studies

Beyond Geopolitics: Syria from the Ground Up

Friday, November 8, 2013

11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Rhode Island Hall 108, 60 George Street

Beyond Geopolitics: Syria From the Ground Up to be held at Brown University on November 8, 2013. Hosted by the Middle East Initiative at Brown, we seek to provide a forum that puts the people of Syria and accurate information on their on-the-ground situation at the front and center of any discussions about the larger picture.

The conference is designed as a series of panel discussions around themes such as economic and health conditions, social movements, and armed conflict to be led by people with first-hand field experience.


11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Lunch for registered participants

12:30-1:00 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Panel 1: Economy and Daily Life

  • Bassam Haddad, Alex Pollock, Alia Malek
  • Glenn Loury (Discussant)

3:00-3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Public Health and Displacement

  • Yasser Munif, Adam Coutts, Melani Cammett
  • Linda Cook and Nina Tannenwald [Co-Discussants]

5:30 p.m.  Concluding Remarks

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