Accountability in the Syrian conflict was the focus of a daylong event hosted by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Oct. 6, 2016.
The dialogue analyzed the international community’s response to the Syrian conflict and its effects, as well as the challenges to reporting the war, developing political solutions and seeking justice for victims. Participants also explored how the international community captures news and images from the conflict, investigates alleged war crimes and human rights violations and protects refugees. They also discussed lessons learned from this conflict that might inform the response to future conflicts. The interactive event was designed as a “fishbowl” conversation among academics, policy makers, human rights advocates, journalists and the audience.
Ken Harper, director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, and Lorraine Branham, dean of the Newhouse School, offered opening remarks, and David Crane, founding director of the Syrian Accountability Project in the Syracuse University College of Law, gave the closing remarks.
Refugees and migrants aboard a fishing boat piloted by smugglers reach the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (Antonio Masiello / Zuma Press with Permission from POYi) Pictures of the Year International is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Panelists addressed the historical context of the conflict and offered a critique of the political, military and humanitarian responses of the international community, including an assessment of where we stand now.
Professor Ken Harper, Director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, will moderate a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Shant Mardirossian and George Billard, Near East Foundation President, Charles Benjamin, Interfaith Works CEO Beth Broadway, and Armenian-American author and historian Peter Balakian. The discussion will focus on lessons learned from the film and current efforts to support refugees and other marginalized populations in Syracuse and around the world.
This panel explored the various justice options available to the people of Syria and the surrounding region who are victims of the atrocities committed during the Syrian conflict, and the likelihood of those options being utilized by the international community.
A once well-funded international press corps has been depleted to the point where accurate reporting on one of the most complex conflicts of the 21st century is almost impossible. This panel looked at how the conflict has been reported and how reportage can be improved.
Social media has forever changed the way we report on and bear witness to conflict and atrocities. This panel explored the intersection of social justice and oppression. Is social media aiding transparency and accountability in Syria or is it a tool of oppression?
Now what? This panel discussed current and new initiatives from NGOs, media, governments and the academic community that address the complex challenges of the Syrian conflict, and outlined action items for moving forward.