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Ambassador Robert Ford: Syrian Conflict and Refugee Crisis

February 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Is there a new path forward in Syria? Deemed the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, the ongoing conflict has spanned six years, claimed an estimated 470,000 lives, and forced 11 million Syrians from their homes. Ambassador Robert Ford will discuss the conflict in Syria, Russia’s involvement, and the path forward for the United States. We will also be joined by Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS, to discuss the refugee crisis and the national response to refugee resettlement.


Featuring Ambassador Robert Ford, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and former United States ambassador to Syria from 2011-2014. Ambassador Ford is the recipient of the Distinguished Service award, the State Department’s highest award.

Also featuring Chris George, Executive Director of the New Haven-based IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), in discussion on the refugee crisis and the national response to refugee resettlement.


Program beings promptly at 7pm followed by opportunity for audience Q&A. 

Free parking on site

Group and Student ticket pricing available. To discuss group and student tickets, or if ticket fees present an insurmountable barrier to attendance, contact Amanda, Program Manager, at: (860) 241-6118 or ajolly@ctwac.org.


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February 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


William F. Starr Hall, UConn School of Law
110 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States


The World Affairs Council of Connecticut