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The Syrian Conflict: Where Strategic Interest and Humanitarian Urgency Intersect

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Published on Apr 18, 2014

In a world of tumult and upheaval, no conflict demands urgent action to protect strategic interests and address humanitarian disaster more than the ongoing tragedy in Syria. As the carnage mounts, a rising chorus of concerned leaders and institutions has implored Washington to lead international action; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, for example, recently issued an urgent call for "immediate steps...to prevent the growing danger of genocide." Meanwhile, the flow of refugees to Lebanon and Jordan combined with the rise of cross-border jihadist threats has guaranteed that the problem can no longer be quarantined within Syria.

To discuss how these intersecting humanitarian and strategic interests make a compelling case for effective internationally led efforts, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with David Miliband and Robert Ford, moderated by Andrew J. Tabler, on Thursday, April 17, 2014, starting at noon EDT.

David Miliband is president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom.

Robert Ford is a former U.S. diplomat who recently retired after completing four years' service as ambassador to Syria.

Andrew J. Tabler is a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. policy in the Levant.

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