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'Refugee Crisis Response Event: Roots of the Syria Crisis', Global Justice Academy Event

*Arek Dakessian, LIVED Co-Founder and Co-Director, will take part in this event organised by the Global Justice Academy.

Where: Lecture Theatre 3, Appleton Tower

When: 5.15pm-7pm, 6 October 2015

What: The Roots of the Syria Crisis

This is the first of three Refugee Crisis Response Events organised in collaboration between the Global Justice Academy, the School of Law, the School of Social and Political Sciences, IASH, the Global Development Academy, the Centre of African Studies, and EUSA.

The Global Justice Academy Response Roundtables are set up to encourage discussion and debate of current affairs.

About the Confirmed Panelists:

Dr. Thomas Pierret is a lecturer in contemporary Islam in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Thomas is an expert on Middle Eastern politics, with a focus on Syria. His current research focuses on the Syrian insurgency, in particular on the leadership of insurgent movements as well as on the role of the various brands of Salafism in the insurgency.

Dr. Manhal Alnasser was born in Syria and studied Chemical Engineering in Albaath University in Syria. He came to the UK in 2006, and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and is currently working there as a lecturer. Manhal is the representative in Scotland for Hand in Hand for Syria www.handinhandforsyria.org

Arek Dakessian is a doctoral researcher looking into networks of film and cultural production in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also co-founder and co-project director of LIVED, an organisation aimed at shedding light, creating awareness and mobilising support for the lived experiences of displaced youth http://www.livedprojects.org/

Dr Sarah Jane Cooper Knock from the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, will chair the panel.

Further Events:

Two further roundtable events are planned for later this semester. Both will take place from 5.15pm with further details to follow. Check www.globaljusticeacademy.ed.ac.uk for the latest.

  • 24 November: 'Is the Global Refugee Regime Fit for Purpose?'
  • 1 December: 'What Can Scotland Do?'

These events are free to attend and open to all.