The Great Debate: Is action in Syria America's least bad option?
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Syrian crisis is certainly in the news. Opposing viewpoints are bandied about on every platform from social media to cable news. These are often highly politicized and leave little room for compromise. But what if we could have a healthy debate about this issue and get to the heart of some real solutions? What if some of our top foreign policy minds could meet on one stage to debate the issue and leave the audience with new thoughts and perspective? That's the goal of The Great Debate.
We invite you to join us for an evening of spirited discussion, debate and (healthy) disagreement. This event is part of the Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, which was funded through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.
What: The Great Debate: Is action in Syria America’s least bad option?
Can we ignore the use of chemical weapons? Are the humanitarian atrocities too great to ignore? Is American intervention likely to do more harm than good? Is it time to rethink our role as the world’s top cop?
There is no easy or clear solution to this problem, but an open and informed debate is a great place to start.
Join us as we explore various sides of the conflict with:
Lee Hamilton – A state representative for Indiana for 34 years, Hamilton went on to serve on many advisory boards, including the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Preventing the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect on American Soil during his time as a Congressman in Washington, D.C.. Hamilton also serves as Co-Chair for Indiana University’s International Engagement Advisory Board.
Richard Lugar – Lugar was an Indiana Senator for 36 years, where he twice chaired the Committee on Foreign Relations. His signature foreign policy achievement was the Nunn-Lugar program to secure and contain weapons of mass destruction. He heads the Lugar Center, a non-profit think tank on global issues, as well as UIndy’s Lugar Academy, which is a Washington, D.C. internship experience.
Doug Bandow - Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he specializes in foreign policy and civil liberities. Bandow also writes regularly for publications including Fortune magazine, Wall Street Journal and Washington Times.
Joshua Landis – Landis is the Director at the Center for Middle East Studies at Oklahoma University and he is also the President of the Syrian Studies Association. Landis writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that reaches officials in Washington, Europe and Syria. His work regularly appears in Foreign Policy and Time.
Robert Zarate - Zarate is Policy Director at the Foreign Policy Initiative a non-partisan and not-for-profit organization that educates and engages U.S. decision makers, the media, and the wider public on the critical importance of U.S. global leadership in diplomatic, economic, and security affairs. A graduate of the University of Chicago and former staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives, Zarate appears regularly on a number of national news outlets.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis
Free parking is available on UIndy's campus in lots 1, 2 and 3 (see campus map).
This event is free, but registration is requested.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is hosted by the University of Indianapolis’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities. The two-day event on October 8 and 9 will provide an opportunity for students and the public to learn from recognized experts who draw on a wide range of experiences in promoting the politics of civility—the topic for this inaugural event. Register for the Oct. 9 symposium, here.
UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives uniquely blends past, present and future. Founded in 2011, the Institute houses the archives of innovative mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut III, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson, and also is a hub for conversations about vital issues in civic life.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating program that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.
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