The UN and Crisis: SYRIA What has the UN done and what should it do next?
Key Players: Basharal-Assad has been president since his father, Hafez, died in 2000. Hafez ruled Syria for nearly 30 years.
Key Players: The Free Syrian Army, the primary opposition group, emerged in July 2011. It is not the only militia opposing al-Assad, however, and there are additional groups, including Kurdish opposition groups as well as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
Humanitarian Disaster • Has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. • At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced. • The conflict has also spawned a refugee crisis in which some 2.5 million people are being sheltered in neighboring countries. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48297#.U81gm_ldWPw
What’s next? • What opportunities does the UN have to improve the situation? • What is challenges does the UN face in terms of improving the situation? • What do you think the UN should do?