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Reflections on Syria's Decade of Conflict

March 15, 2021 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

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For the past decade, Syria has been ravaged by violent armed conflict. The civil war has displaced 6.2 million people internally with 6.6 million seeking asylum abroad. The international and local aid communities have mobilized assistance for the 13 million Syrians in need—an 18 percent increase from last year—yet without a political solution to hostilities, the humanitarian crisis will persist. 

The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda will be joined by Alex Mahoney, Syria Response Director of USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, and series contributors Basma Alloush, Policy and Advocacy Advisor of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Amany Qaddour, Regional Director of Syria Relief and Development, and Mais Balkhi, Program Manager of Humanitarian Practice at InterAction, to discuss the future of humanitarian response in Syria. The conversation will be moderated by Jacob Kurtzer, Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda, and will include opening remarks by Dr. Jon Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director of the CSIS Middle East Program.  

The discussion will draw upon themes explored by partner organizations in the recent CSIS Humanitarian Agenda series: The Path Forward: Civil Society Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the Crisis in Syria

This event is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Event Partners

Jacob Kurtzer
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Humanitarian Agenda
Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program

Alex Mahoney

Syria Response Director, Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Basma Alloush

Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council

Amany Qaddour

Regional Director, Syria Relief and Development

Mais Balkhi

Program Manager of Humanitarian Practice, InterAction