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Syria: A Responsibility To Defend?

Syria’s civil conflict has claimed over 35,000 lives to date and efforts to broker peace have failed thus far. What else can be done?

Learn more when the University of Bridgeport International College continues its lectures series with Dave Benjamin, an authority on the UN, and Middle East expert Robert Riggs on “Syria: A Responsibility to Protect? The Limits of International Intervention in Domestic Conflicts.”

Dr. Benjamin, an associate professor of global development at UB’s International College and Chairman of the Graduate Program in Global Development and Peace, has published on the challenges of implementing the Responsibility to Protect, and the limitations of sovereignty under the UN Charter. He has also published on the Responsibility to Prosecute.

Dr. Riggs is a specialist in the social history of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, with a focus on various Shi‘ite communities in these countries. He has published on sectarianism, Shi‘ite religious institutions, and their relationship with political authority. He has spent time researching in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He teaches in the International College’s World Religions Program and the Graduate Program in Global Development and Peace.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the International College of the University of Bridgeport, the Global Development and Peace Program, the Global Affairs Society, and the Alpha Gamma Pi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (The National Political Science Honor Society). This free lecture will be held at the Shelfhaudt Gallery at the Arnold Bernhard Center, University of Bridgeport

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Ryan Odinak