"The liberation of Mosul and the inevitable, approaching liberation of Raqqa in Syria will not be the end of the Islamic State and its evil ideology. But they crush the group’s pretense to having an actual “state” based upon it. As its surviving leaders scurry to the corners of the desert, no longer can they claim to head a winning movement. Their defeat diminishes the inspiration for violent extremists, or simply lost souls on social media, to attack Americans and our friends. This is a necessary step forward in combating terrorism. Americans are safer for it."
Please note location change: event now being held in WAPPP Cason Conference Room, Taubman Building, Room 102 (15 Eliot Street, Cambridge).
A seminar with Martha Myers, MENA Operations Director, ARK Group.
Everyone, including Bashar Al-Assad, ISIS, the opposition, and Jihadists, has a narrative about what has happened and what is happening in Syria. Everyone villainizes the other. Everyone represents themselves as the source of salvation, earthly or otherwise. Everyone seeks to dehumanize and demoralize the other. So whose narrative is correct? Why is narrative important? How are narratives being used in this conflict? Can we support some kind of decent outcome by contributing to the cacophony?
Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Middle East Forum.
Martha Myers has over 30 years of experience in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and the Sultanate of Oman. Her professional experience includes having worked for non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and donor agencies. She has conceptualized, designed, and managed a full spectrum of response including humanitarian/emergency, resilience, and development. Areas of particular interest include civil society development, capacity building of people and organizations, gender, and advocacy.