BUFFALO, N.Y. – Experts from the University at Buffalo are
available for interviews on the continuing crisis in Syria, the
conditions that people in the country are experiencing and the
political considerations that are contributing to the
Othman Shibly, DDS, MS, associate director, UB Center for
A native Syrian, Shibly has many family members in the country,
with whom he is keeping in touch, and he knows people who were
gassed in the first gas attack and saw their children shot. He is
in contact with medical teams on the line between the government
troops and the rebels, and has up-to-date information from
Shibly has established dental clinics in the refugee camps
outside Syria to treat Syrian refugees and help with the many mouth
and jaw injuries sustained by assaults with rifle butts. He has
just returned from Lebanon and Jordan, where he assisted in the
desperate attempt to get medical supplies over the border. Such
transfers are not officially permitted and, according to the
doctors that he works with inside Syria, one can be shot for even
carrying a medical device or medicine, he says.
Despite all he has seen and heard, he is very pragmatic about
the situation. Shibly says he doubts the U.S. will intervene
because of civilian atrocities, but will operate, as most countries
do, in its own best interests. In addition, he says he sincerely
thinks Syria would be served best by getting the Assads out of
power. Shibly can discuss why he thinks this is the case and
describe what is occurring in Syria.
Jacob Kathman, PhD, assistant professor, Department of
Kathman has considerable expertise and has written extensively
on the phenomena at play in Syria: Civil war, outside intervention
in such wars and the victimization of civilians.
He is usually in his office when not teaching. The exception is
today (Sept. 4) when he will be at home.
Home number: 716-639-7235
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