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April 17: Expert to discuss Syrian civil society

FREDERICK, Maryland—An expert in Syrian politics will discuss the struggles of civil society in Syria at Hood College on April 17 at 7 p.m.

Ibrahim al-Assil, a resident fellow at the Middle East Institute, will present his talk, “Syrian Civil Society: Hopes and Challenges,” in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. The talk will be about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria as well as present and future strategies for reconstructing Syria as a nation.

Al-Assil is a Syrian political analyst and civil society activist. His work focuses on the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on different aspects of security, civil society, political Islam and political economy. He is the president and a co-founder of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, a non-governmental organization formed in 2011 to promote peaceful struggle and civil resistance as a way to achieve social, cultural and political change in Syrian government and society.

This free event is sponsored by the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Center for Global and International Studies. For more information, contact Donald Wright at to 301-696-3890.