6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the speaker had to cancel his trip to Belgium.
Syria. With unprecedented detail and sophistication drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists among many others. Author of Burning Country Robin Yassin-Kassab expertly interweaves these personal stories with an incisive analysis of the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of Syria’s government in exacerbating the brutalisation of the conflict. Robin’s is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a contemporary nightmare – where ISIS, regional geopolitics, revolutionary movements, and the worst refugee crisis since World War II come into play.
Robin Yassin-Kassab is an internationally renowned writer, author, and media commentator.
Born in London, Robin has taught English around the Arab world as well as in Turkey, and has been a journalist in Pakistan. He is a regular media commentator on Syria and the Middle East, writing for the Guardian, al-Jazeera, the Daily Beast and the National amongst others and has appeared on Channel 4 News, Newsnight, BBC World Service and al-Jazeera. His first novel was published in 2008.
Burning Country: Syrians in revolution and war (2016), Syria Speaks: Art and culture from the frontline (2014), The Road From Damascus (2008)