Bearing Witness to Syria's Tragedies The New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force and the Syrian American Council held a discussion with Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio on the situation inside Syria and future prospects for the country. A month ago, Father Paolo, an Italian Jesuit priest, was expelled by the Syrian government for his work on behalf of the opposition and his outspoken criticism of the government's repression. Father Paolo left behind a 30 year long legacy of promoting interfaith dialogue, having helped to restore a 1,000 year old monastery in Nebek, north of Damascus, which became a site of Christian and Muslim understanding and welcomed all faiths. What are the prospects for political and religious unity among the opposition? What is the likely impact of a new Syrian government with much broader ethnic and religious representation should the current Regime fall? What avenues for action does the international community have so long as Russia and China remain opposed to pressure? Father Paolo will speak about the dynamics between different minority groups, the current state of play on the ground, and focus especially on what lies ahead. Participants Featured Speaker Father Paolo Dall'Oglio Italian Jesuit Priest Moderator Leila Hilal Director, Middle East Task Force New America Foundation http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/bearing_witness_to_syria_s_tragedies
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