The Middle East in Turmoil: A Closer Look at Syria and Lessons From the Past Speaker: Dr. Sven Spengemann

Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, hundreds of thousands have died and many more have fled to neighbouring countries.  Most recently, the international community expressed deep concerns over the use of chemical weapons, and is renewing attempts to address the situation.

Potential international actions to the Syrian war include military interventions, economic sanctions, removal of chemical weapons, and United Nations table talks. The proposed resolutions raise a number of challenging questions:

Are these the right solutions? Are they short term strategies that will not address the larger issues? What can we learn from the history of conflict in neighbouring countries? Is this another Iraq? How would the promotion of democracy play an effective role in stabilizing the region? Finally, what are the Syrian and Arab diasporas’ responsibilities to address the conflict?

Join us at the Canadian Arab Federation as the Couchiching Conversation Series hosts an insightful and challenging conversation with Dr. Sven Spengemann on the turmoil in Syria.


About the Speaker

Sven Spengemann is currently a visiting professor and fellow at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. Dr. Spengemann’s areas of expertise include public policy, law, negotiation, international development, and research. He served with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq from 2005 to 2012. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto Mississauga; a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall; an L.L.M from the College d’Europe in Belgium, and an LL.M and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.

He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and an active volunteer with the Compass Food Bank in Mississauga.


Location Info

Location: Canadian Arab Federation, 1057 McNicoll Avenue  View Map

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Admission: Free

Light snacks will be served T:416-494-1440     Ext. 225

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