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Roundtable to discuss war crimes in Syria and Yemen

By: Ayla K. Cline, 
October 27, 2016

The increasing incidents of use of illegal weapons and war crimes in Syria and Yemen, coupled with the lack of effective response from the International community are the incentives behind a roundtable discussion to be held on November 4. To bring this urgent matter to light, the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI), in cooperation with the Cornell Law School, assembled a panel of experts on International Law; Law of war and the politics of humanitarianism; and the histories of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Syria to engage in a vigorous discuss about the escalating use of illegal weapons and increasing incidents of war crimes committed in the region and the seeming ineffectiveness of conventional international regulations to provide any deterrent.

Participants in the discussion include: Dr. Matthew Evangelista, President White Professor of History & Political Science for the Cornell Department of Government, Dr. Mostafa Minawi, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative, Dr. Jens Ohlin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, and Dr. Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History/Middle East Studies at Whitman College, and a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities.

The Roundtable will be held in Myron Taylor Hall room 182 on November 4 at 1:15pm and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, will moderate the discussion and there will be a light lunch provided. Please RSVP by October 30th in order to participate in the lunch by going here,

This event is sponsored by The Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative, Cornell Law School, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

For more information please contact Mostafa Minawi (, or go here,