Geopolitics, the International Left, and the Syrian Revolt

Host/Sponsor: 
The Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution
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Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
This panel explores the Syrian revolt from a geopolitical perspective. It examines the regional and international dimensions of the conflict. The panelists will analyze the economic and geopolitical interests of the various actors involved in the the Syrian war. In addition, they will discuss the politics of certain segments of the international left that support the Syrian regime and/or its allies while dismiss and demonize grassroots struggles.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Shireen
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Akram-Boshar
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Students for Justice in Palestine
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Shireen Akram-Boshar is a contributor to Socialist Worker and a member of Students for Justice in Palestine.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Ashley
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Smith
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
International Socialist Organization
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Ashley Smith is a member of the International Socialist Organization and the editorial board of the International Socialist Review (ISR). He has written extensively about the US imperialism and US politics for the ISR as well as Socialist Worker, ZNet, Jacobin, New Politics and many other online and print publications. Most recently he authored an article for Socialist Worker entitled “Trump’s (In)Humanitarian Intervention” exposing the real ambitions behind the administration’s recent bombing in Syria. He is also the author of a forthcoming article in the ISR, “Trump, Imperialism, and the Crisis in the Neoliberal World Order.” He is currently working on a book for Haymarket Books on Socialism and Anti-Imperialism.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Joseph
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Daher
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Lausanne University
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Joseph Daher completed a Doctorate in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and teaches at Lausanne University, Switzerland. He is the co-editor of Penser l'émancipation (La Dispute, 2013) and co-author of The People Demand: A Short history of the Arab Revolutions (Counterfire, 2011). In his latest book Hezbollah: The Political Economy of the Party of God, Daher takes apart the misconceptions around Hezbollah and its role in Lebanese society. He is founder of the blog Syria Freedom Forever, and a Syrian/Swiss leftist political activist.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Malak
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Chabkoun
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Independent researcher
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Malak Chabkoun is an independent researcher and writer based in the US and holds two master's degrees: one in political science and one in public administration. Until September 2016, she was a researcher at AlJazeera Centre for Studies in Doha, specializing in Syrian affairs and the revolution.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Loubna
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Mrie
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
New York University
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Loubna Mrie is a Syrian activist who participated in the initial stages of the revolution. She later became a photojournalist with Reuters. Currently based in New York, she is a researcher and commentator on Syrian and Middle Eastern affairs.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Yasser
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Munif
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emerson College and cofounder of the Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution
 

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