Humanitarian Crisis in Syria and Iraq: Policy and Faith-Based Responses

The fear of death has prompted a massive exodus from the region. There is an imminent need to look for appropriate responses to ensure accountability, promote peace, and respond to the humanitarian crisis.

Panelists explored the legal avenues and humanitarian initiatives that policymakers, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders can undertake to vouchsafe the pluralism and integrity of Syria, Iraq, and neighboring countries.

Part 1 - (0:00) Dina Zingaro, Broadcast Associate at CBS 60 Minutes and The CBS Evening News

Part 2 - (10:10) J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Part 3 - (16:35) Joseph Livingston, Associate Director for Government and NGO’s, Project C.U.R.E.

Part 4 - (27:12) John Sitilides, Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC and Consultant to U.S. State Department

Part 5 - (37:39) Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, Director, Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Part 6 - (45:06) Discussion

This panel discussion was held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Nashville, TN. To learn more, visit or

Clergy-Laity 2016