FULLY BOOKED First Wednesday: Will 2013 see an end to the conflict in Syria?


Wednesday 9 January 2013, 7:00 PM

March 2013 will mark two years since the conflict in Syria began. The UN has said it believes the fighting has now cost the lives of at least 60,000 people.

We will be bringing together an expert panel to update you on the situation in the country, and to look ahead at the prospects for 2013. We will be examining the refugee situation, the possibility of foreign intervention and whether the conflict shows any signs of coming to an end.

Chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4′s Broadcasting House.

The panel:

Melissa Fleming is the chief communications and spokesperson at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ausama Monajed is the executive director of London-based Strategic Research and Communication Centre.

Patrick Seale is a journalist and author who specialises in Middle East affairs. He is author of a number of books including Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East and The Struggle for Syria.

Jon Lee Anderson is foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, and is the author of many books including The Fall of Baghdad and Guerrillas: Journeys in the Insurgent World.