Shirazi Foundation Inc

Shirazi Foundation Inc

 

 Non-Political & Non-profit Organization

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Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: Accountability and Deterrence

CSIS chemical Weapons

The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled Chemical Weapons in the Middle East: Accountability and Deterrence. Experts shredded light on the chemical weapons attacks and the procedures and dangers that took place to care for the many bodies that have been attacked by these chemical weapons. Experts expressed concern in the area of the treatment of those affected by the chemical weapons,  and how many requests for special supplies needed to treat the patients went unanswered. Experts also spoke of the process put in place to investigate those who use chemical weapons in warfare and the many agencies involved. Experts analyzed the different steps that have to be taken to hold those who use chemical weapons accountable and the organisations that have to confirm the use of those weapons. Experts explained that more has to be done in the region to approach possible future chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians by catching the problem before hand. 

On the New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East.

Carnigie The Arab uprisingThe Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, titled On the New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East. Experts took a close look at the  Middle East and the way in has evolved after 2011,  and whether it is a failure or not because of the lack of stability in the region.  The current policy in place is a gamble to work with the region the way it is until it stabilizes which experts believes will not work. Experts mentioned that the current administration failed at making it a priority to do more in preventing conflicts in the region. Experts examined which is the best way forward in certain parts of the Middle East, is it best to build a sound constitution first or support elections. Experts believe that long-term low prices in the oil market will affect the economy deeply in the region and cause a rippling effect over time.

Higher education in Syria: Protecting academia amid civil war

BrookingsThe Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by Brookings Institution titled Higher education in Syria: Protecting academia amid civil war. Experts began to explore the frequently overlooked impact of the Syrian crisis, and the broader political and security implications on higher education in conflict settings. Experts also spoke of the many challenges for teachers, professors and educators working in the numerous camps in an attempt to provide quality sustainable education, while the teachers are  constantly working elongated hours and double shifts due to camps containing refugees from different parts of the Middle East. Experts also evaluated who would be the right entity to connect the dots within that region that is capable of bringing together the many education organizations. Experts also provided data on the higher education students (public and private universities, open education, and virtual university) in the Middle East in the last five years. Experts also mentioned that although there are small programs put in place and located in the camps one must keep in mind that about two million children are not in school due to the armed conflict and crisis.

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