Thank you to all who attended the Dialogue for Democracy (D4D) session on Tuesday April 16. We had a full house!

The topic of discussion was “Seeking a Solution in Syria”, hosted by Dr. Qais Ghanem with guest speaker Mr. Brian Davis , Former Canadian Ambassador to Syria. For those who were unable to attend, we have a recording of Mr. Davis’ introduction which you can access by clicking here. It is definitely worth a listen!

Mr. Davis provided a contextual framework by which to understand the unresolved situation in Syria as well as the role that Canada should be pursuing. He also provided us with insights on his personal experience with members of the Syrian regime including President Bashar al-Assad.

This was followed by a round-table discussion in which various perspectives were contributed. There was a consensus around the room that the key priority was to stop the bloodshed, the debate was about how this should go about. Briefly, some argued that only those inside Syria can stop the bloodshed, while some argued it can only happen by involving external actors who have already involved themselves in the conflict.

Stay tuned for the next Dialogue for Democracy session! We hope to see you there!



Guest Biography: Mr. Brian Davis, former Canadian Ambassador to Syria

Mr. Davis was born in Quebec City in 1947. University degrees from Ottawa and Carleton. Joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1971 and served in the diplomatic corps of Canada until 2007, with assignments in Lebanon, Kenya, Poland, India, Hong Kong, France and Syria.

During assignments in Ottawa, he was an Executive in the departments of Citizenship and Immigration and in External Affairs, with positions in policy development, program delivery and human resources.

His last assignment before retirement was as Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic.

Since retirement, he has worked as a private policy consultant on the ME, specific emphasis on the peace process between Israel and Arab countries.

About Dialogue for Democracy

Started five years ago as an initiative of Dr. Qais Ghanem, Dialogue for Democracy has had monthly participatory discussions with guest speakers on subjects that concern and affect Canadians. Previous discussion have included: proportional representation, mandatory voting,  the prorogue of parliament by Mr. Harper, consumerism in Canada, the economy , post-traumatic stress disorder in Canadian troops returning from Afghanistan, hijab,  women’s rights, the conflict in Sudan, The Arab Spring, Palestine, and etc.