Dr. Samer Abboud, assistant professor of history and international studies at Arcadia University, returned to WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as a guest during a segment titled “Syria: peace prospects and the humanitarian crisis.” He was joined by Hazem Hallak, a Syrian-born medical researcher living in Philadelphia.
As the second round of peace talks between the Assad regime and opposition forces ended in deadlock last week, the crisis in Syria continues. Government troops have launched new rounds of attacks on rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in areas around major cities are without food, water and medical supplies as humanitarian aid is unable to get in. The refugee crisis has escalated. In this hour of Radio Times we talk about events on the ground in Syria, human rights violations against its citizens, and the international effort to end the long civil war.
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About Dr. Samer Abboud
Abboud received his Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, where he conducted research on the political economy of marketization in Syria. In his research and teaching, he explores a range of questions informing the fields of International Political Economy and International Relations, particularly in the context of the non-Western World.
He has written extensively on Syria’s political economy and is the co-author (with Benjamin J. Muller) of Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence (Ashgate). Abboud also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Syrian Studies in St. Andrew’s Scotland, and in 2013 was a resident fellow in Berlin at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he was awarded a fellowship under their Arab Transformation Fellowship program.
He contributes to the Carnegie Middle East Center, a public policy think tank and research center based in Beirut, Lebanon.