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The conference presented a day-long reflection on the policy challenges of the crisis in Syria in which over 190,000 people have been killed and nearly half of the nation’s 22 million people have fled their homes as refugees or internally displaced persons. The conference included panels on human rights violations and efforts to ensure accountability, media representations of the crisis, efforts to address mass displacement and humanitarian issues, and potential policy options.
Selected speakers included: Peter Baker, White House Correspondent, New York Times; Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, Washington Post; Kelly Clements, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State; David Crane, Syracuse University School of Law; Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law, American University; Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State; George Sabra, leading member of the Syrian Democratic People’s Party; and Jim Zogby, President, Arab American Institute. The keynote address was presented by Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria. The conference was organized in partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and New America.