Iraq & Syria: What Next?

googlehangout-joandraedJoin us for analysis and insights into fast moving events. Speakers will deconstruct myths, explore the nature of policy change and update on legislative and advocacy initiatives. Register here: to access the Google Hangout at 3pm on Monday.

The current violence in Iraq is a direct result of foreign military intervention since 1991. The conflict has turned into a regional war that includes Syria and other countries. We need a regional strategy in dealing with it.

Our panelists agree that there is no military solution. International institutions and mechanisms exist that can effectively respond to humanitarian crisis. The next steps must be multilateral and in accordance with U.S. and international law—not unilateral.


  • Raed Jarrar is a policy impact coordinator here at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Founded in 1917, AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice.
  • Jo Comerford is a campaign director for, an online community of more than 8 million committed to using innovative technology to win campaigns for progressive change.
  • Stephen Miles is the advocacy director for Win Without War, a diverse coalition of 40 member organizations formed in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moderator: Peter Lems, AFSC