Syrian Expert and Peace Activist Available
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University of Utah professor of Middle Eastern law and politics is an internationally recognized expert and human rights activist and is available to discuss the current conflict in Syria and international involvement.
Chilbli Mallat is from Lebanon, bordering Syria, and previously ran for presidency in Lebanon focusing on nonviolence and reform. In 2009 he founded Right to Nonviolence, an international nongovernmental organization based in the Middle East, which promotes nonviolence as a means for change, constitutional reform and judicial accountability.
In the early days of the Syrian revolution, Mallat warned of the need to provide protection to civilians and ensure the prompt end of the dictatorship. His views, articulated with prominent colleagues from the Middle East, including Sadeq Jalal al-Azm, the foremost Syrian public (presently at Harvard), were published in several venues, including in the Harvard Journal of International Law.
The complexity of the present situation in Syria, he believes, requires United States engagement at a much more sustained and costly level, as half measures will only make the situation worse.
Mallat has advised governments, corporations and individuals in Middle Eastern and international law and has just completed a manuscript on the philosophy of nonviolence, where he discusses foreign military intervention in Libya and Syria.