The Syrian Uprising: who speaks out and who is listening?


on Wednesday, 14/09/2011 from 20:00h to 22.00h

at « Le Cercle des Voyageurs » (18, Rue des Grands Carmes), 1000 Brussels


To discuss this topic the EuroArab Forum has the honour to welcome:


Jan SNAIDAUF, Desk Officer, Syria/Lebanon, EEAS – Middle East division.

Dr Salam KAWAKIBI, Research Director, Arab Reform Initiative – Paris Office.

As discussants we also invited (TBC): Iyas MALEH, Director of the Haitham Maleh Foundation & Haitham MALEH, Syrian lawyer and activist.


To insure an open debate the discussion will be held under Chatham House Rules and will be moderated by:




Background on the topic


Despite the bloody crackdown by Bashar Assad’s security forces and the high number of civilian casualty, demonstrations continued to spread in Syria. Already a small number of Syrian troops have defected to the opposition, and the EU has imposed embargo on Syrian oil imports. Still, many points remain vague concerning the future of Syria and the future of Syrian-EU relations. Therefore, the questions that we are seeking answers to through this debate include:


– Where does the EU stand on the Syrian revolution and what is the next step?


– What is the role of the military and civil society in this period, and how can the EU help both?


– Is a federal Syrian state a solution or a problem to ethnic tensions?


– What is the state of the promised Assad reforms and can we trust these initiatives?


– What can we expect from a post-revolution Syria in light of democratic elections and minority rights?




To attend this event, please RSVP by registering via our EAF website:


http://www.euroarab-forum.eu/Registrations/registration.php by 13 September, 2011.

We are looking forward to your participation and a challenging discussion.


Yours sincerely,


Dr Rouba Al-Fattal Eeckelaert


on behalf of the EuroArab Forum team


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