The New Yorker Festival 2013: Obama & the World Panel

A panel with the Syrian activist Ammar Abdulhamid, The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins, the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation’s Andranik Migranyan, and the New America Foundation’s Anne-Marie Slaughter took place on October 6 as part of  The New Yorker Festival 2013.  The panel was moderated by Steve Coll, the New Yorker staff writer and the dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, and was attended by around 200 participants. The photos were just released.

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Die verschenkten Chancen einer kriegsmüden Nation

A coverage in Zeit Online of my participation on October 6 in the Panel on “Obama and the World,” organized as part of the New Yorker Festival 2013.  

Obamas Syrien-Politik fällt beim “New Yorker”-Forum durch. Inzwischen fehlen die Verbündeten für einen Regimewechsel – und eine tragfähige Vision für die gesamte Region. VON 

7. Oktober 2013  11:54 Uhr 
Präsident ObamaUS-Präsident Barack Obama vor US-Truppen   |  © Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo

Was ist das größte Problem der US-Außenpolitik? Das amerikanische Volk interessiert sich nicht dafür, trotz des Einsatzes zahlreicher Experten, Thinktank-Wissenschaftlern und professionellen Exilanten. Die meisten Amerikaner sind einmischungsmüde, und US-Präsident Barack Obama weiß das. Er sagte vergangene Woche eine lang geplante Asienreise ab, weil es ihm wichtiger war, in Washington den Kampf mit den Republikanern um die Krankenversicherung und das Budget zu führen, obwohl er wusste, dass er damit China das Feld überlassen würde. Continue reading

Obama gives Syrian rebels recognition

Quoted in the Washington Times.

Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian human rights activist and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told a national security conference in Washington last week that the Obama administration suffered from an “absolute lack of vision,” and as a result, he predicted, Syria would be a problem for “many years to come.”

Red Cross, Jackson Center To Host Law Conference In November

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The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York and the Robert H. Jackson Center will host a humanitarian law conference on Nov. 7 at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown.

The conference introduce local teachers to the American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum and help local educators learn the skills for teaching International Humanitarian Law in their classrooms.

The event will feature several key speakers, including a live conversation with Ammar Abdulhamid, a leading Syrian human rights and pro-democracy activist. The event will also feature two American Red Cross speakers: Winnie Romeril, an International Humanitarian Law instructor and Kathy Burch, an Exploring Humanitarian Law master educator and assistant director of the Southwestern NY Chapter.

I Am Syria! How About You?

On July 29, 2012, the “I am Syria” campaign was launched as “a neutral campaign, politically, religiously, and militarily, to express support and solidarity for the people of Syria and victims of the conflict in the area.” The campaign was launched as a joint effort between the the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies in Buffalo. Impunity Watch, and the Tharwa Foundation. You can follow the Campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Though I was chosen as the President of the Campaign, it is in fact the brainchild of my vice-president and friend, Professor David Crane, the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2002-05). Video below. Continue reading

Assad’s Coming Downfall?

A conversation with David Enders, Ammar Abdulhamid, John Hannah and Reuel Marc Gerecht – An Foundation for Defense of Democracies Event.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, reports suggest that the rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may have taken control of a growing portion of the country, and may now be closer to wresting it away from him altogether. While some Syrian soldiers have defected to Turkey, many more are deserting, or simply refusing to fight. Is Assad’s central authority breaking down? Are new power brokers emerging? If so, how can the United States and its allies prevent further humanitarian catastrophe? Continue reading

White House ‘wall’ repels Syrian rebel leaders

The Washington Times | Gracy Howard | Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Almost every quote below is misquote, or taken out of context. But, for the “historical record of things,” here it is.  

Syrian opposition leaders fear President Obama’s re-election campaign has taken precedence over their country’s humanitarian crisis, according to a delegation that visited Washington, D.C., last week.

Representatives from the Syrian National Council, Syria’s largest rebel alliance, and Kurdish opposition leaders met members of Congress and the State Department, but say they hit a “wall” at the White House. Continue reading