|Date:||August 16, 2012||Time:||2:30 PM - 5:00 PM|
|Speaker(s):||Professor Louay Safi
Syrian National Council
Dr Ramazan Daurov
Executive Vice Chairman
International Centre for Strategic and Political Studies, Moscow
|Venue:||Temasek Room 2 & 3, Traders Hotel
1A, Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
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Developments in war-ravaged Syria are fast moving. Concern is mounting about the fate of civilian in the hostilities as well as the domestic and regional fall-out of an increasingly violent and desperate conflict that pitches Western- and Gulf-backed anti-government rebels against embattled President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian and Chinese-supported forces. The fighting in Syria that has already cost some 20,000 dead has become a fight for survival to the bitter end with little concern what Syria will look like the day after.
Russia and China oppose United Nations sanctions as an infringement on Syrian sovereignity and an attempt by the West and the Gulf to create international legal cover for increased military and logistical support of the rebels who lack cohesion and a unified leadership. The West, however, despite its support for the rebels, does not have the appetite to intervene militarily, certainly not in the wake of Afghanistan and Iraq and in advance of US presidential elections. Nonetheless, despite their differences, Americans and Russian share a concern about increasing Islamist influence among the rebels.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Professor Louay Safi is director of the Qatar Foundation’s Center for Governance and Public Policy and a member of the Syrian National Council. He has a PhD in political science from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Dr Ramazan Daurov is assistant director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, executive vice-chairman of Moscow’s International Center for Strategic and Political Studies and a visiting professor at Moscow State University.
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