Join us to explore what the future of Syria holds, and what we can do about it.
While most of the focus in popular media has been on the current stateof disorder and violence in Syria, there has been a growing demand on the part of the Syrian opposition, as well as from the United Nations, to focus on envisioning and outlining the work that will need to be achieved in a post-Assad Syria.
Most recently, a diverse group of Syrians working to establish a smooth transition from authoritarianism to democracy has published a report entitled “The Day After: Supporting a DemocraticTransition in Syria,” the product of over six months of deliberation and consultation. The Executive Committee that created this report was determined to represent Syria in all its diversity, in terms of ethnicity, religion, gender, age, as well as diasporic Syrians and Syrians from within the country.
Inspired by this work, Syria: Visions for Tomorrow aims to bring together a panel of discussants to engage on the issues that Syria will face in a scenario where Assad has resigned, and the process of regime change has begun. The panelists will include Afra Jalabi, a member of the Executive Committee that produced the report; Dr. Paul Kingston, an AssociateProfessor of political science at the University of Toronto specializing inthe Middle East; Hind Kabawat, a Syrian Toronto-based attorney who has been appointed as the Ambassador of Conflict Resolution at the World Economic Forum in Davos; and Stephen Starr, a freelance journalist and author of Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising.
In addition to the evening panel discussion, the work of Syrian artist and graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design Nermin Moufti will be exhibited. Nermin’sproject, entitled “Encoding Resistance: Graphic Design and Media Controlin The Syrian Uprising,” aims to form a space whereby graphic design could provide critical commentary on social and political conditions in Syria.
The panel discussion will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., including an extended discussion period. Guests are also invited to attend a pre-talk exhibit of Nermin Moufti's work, starting at 6 p.m., where she will be available to discuss her work.
Visit visionsforsyria.com for more information, including a detailed schedule of the evening, and to reserve your seat.
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