A webcast on restrictions placed on humanitarian aid delivery in Syria because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 11, the UN Security Council approved a resolution limiting the travel of UN aid convoys into Syria to one border crossing, instead of the previously established two. This blow to humanitarian aid comes as Syrian camps brace themselves for COVID-19 outbreaks that could quickly devastate the displaced people residing there.
As armed conflict and a pandemic threaten an already vulnerable nation, how can international actors and organizations seek to counter Russia’s presence in Syria and support the Syrian people? How has the climate on the ground shifted as interactions between U.S. and Russian troops have become increasingly tense?
Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Middle East & Africa, United States Institute of Peace
Mona Yacoubian’s work centers on conflict analysis and prevention in the Middle East, with a specific focus on Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. In 2019, she served as executive director of the Congressionally-appointed Syria Study Group, which USIP was mandated to facilitate. Read more.