Apr 19, 2013, 1:00 pm1:00 pm
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Open To Public


Event Description

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will host a public panel, "The Crisis in Syria: Grave Consequences," on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The public panel is the plenary session of a private, by invitation only workshop that will focus on the ongoing crisis in Syria. The panel is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School as part of the School's "Up to the Minute" series.


Rania Abouzeid has spent the past two years chronicling the Syrian uprising from across the country for TIME Magazine. Prior to that, she covered the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and has reported on wars, assassinations and popular movements in Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon among other places. She recently reported, co-produced, wrote and presented a one-hour documentary for CBC called Syria: Behind Rebel Lines. In addition to TIME, she occasionally contributes to the New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and has frequently been interviewed on PBS Newshour, CBC, BBC, CBS, ABC and other news networks.

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and has been teaching on issues of state, security, self-determination, diplomacy, and crisis diplomacy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics since 1988. He is also founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private diplomacy forum in Liechtenstein. Danspeckgruber researches, writes and teaches on security and state building issues in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the wider Middle East; on theory and practice of international diplomacy, private, and crisis diplomacy; the International Criminal Court; and issues concerning Religion and Diplomacy. Since 2001 he has visited Afghanistan, China, Georgia, India (Kashmir), Israel, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and has been involved in related private diplomacy. Until 2000, Danspeckgruber was involved in private diplomacy in Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus, and has also worked with the Ahtisaari Team and the EU Special Representative on the status of Kosovo. He conducted fact-finding missions to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia/Serbia.

Col. Sam Gardiner, US Air Force (retired), works on strategic issues and has taught a course on strategy at the National War College for 20 years. He has taught strategy at the Air War College, Army War College and Naval War College. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College. He has been involved with and facilitated State Department strategy reviews on Burma, Kosovo, Haiti, Bangladesh, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Sudan and Afghanistan. He designs and conducts war games. He has conducted games for the Air Force, Navy, Army, CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department. He has conducted numerous war games on the military options for Iran and written extensively about the issue. He recently conducted a war game focused on Syria.

Omar Hossino is a foreign policy researcher with a focus on Syria. He holds an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from American University where he focused on U.S. counter-terrorism policy in Syria and Lebanon. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on Syria especially about the Kurdish issue and writes frequently for Syria Deeply on sectarian minorities reactions to the uprising. He has briefed the U.S. Department of State numerous times on issues regarding the Syrian uprising, as well as has spoken at Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute. He has visited Syria more than a dozen times and has written on the Syrian uprising in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Syria Deeply, Al-Hayat, Al-Monitor, and Hurriyet Daily News as well as being quoted in outlets such as the New York Times and Associated Press, and appearing frequently on television on BBC News Arabic, Canada’s CTV, and Voice of America TV.

Oubab Khalil is a Syrian attorney and activist. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Syrian Coalition US Mission. He is a member of The Day After Project, a former board member with Syrian Expatriates Organization and currently serves on the advisory board. Khalil is a board member with Syrian Support Group, and was a member of the We Are All Syrians Conference in Cairo.