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Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Oct 16, 2017

On September 6th, 2017 Radwan Ziadeh, a Syrian democracy, and human rights advocate joined us for a presentation on Syrian refugees.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy

Date: Wednesday, September, 6th

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Location: 11200 Waples Mill Rd.  Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030


Throughout its internal conflict the “Syria issue” has become more and more complex with issues such as refugees, regional interventions, terrorism, etc. pushing any country, including America, to hesitate to take a position on any of the issues the country faces. The need to address these problems was passed on from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which has escalated the U.S. military’s role in Syria but has yet to articulate to the public its goals and limitations of those goals, or release a new strategy for the war-torn country to combat ISIL, to deal with the refugee crisis and to push for a political transition to remove Assad. Failure to develop a strategy will further harm the possibility of political stability the country so desperately needs, and is unlikely to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis at hand. The West is currently witnessing the largest forced migration since World War II, testing Europe’s capacity and the American commitment to the international refugee conventions. Failure to bring forth a coherent strategy has wide-reaching impacts beyond simply the humanitarian but also impacts international alliances and the battle against extremism