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Selected law and policy students will negotiate issues related to mass atrocity prevention in Syria
On Friday, Feb. 13, the Handa Center and Stanford Law School Law and Policy Lab are jointly hosting a policy tabletop exercise on mass atrocity prevention and response operations (MAPRO). Using the conflict in Syria as a framework, the exercise will be led by Handa Center Senior Fellow and Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School Beth Van Schaack and Col. (Ret.) Dwight Raymond, a peace operations specialist at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College and primary contributor to the U.S. Department of Defense MAPRO doctrine.
During this five-hour simulation, participants will work within an interagency framework to formulate U.S. government policy options to mitigate mass atrocities in Syria, drawing on the range of tools available to policymakers, including sanctions, accountability mechanisms, humanitarian assistance, strategic messaging, and armed force.
The exercise is open to anyone with a policy interest in MAPRO, Syria and the Middle East, or international negotiation and diplomacy.