Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War – Author discussion – A groundbreaking look at a political and humanitarian nightmare


In this event, the Syrian-British journalists Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will discuss their new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, which the journalist Hassan Hassan says is “poised to become the definitive book not only on the continuing Syrian conflict but on the country and its society as a whole.”

Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a political and humanitarian nightmare. It explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists.

These stories are expertly interwoven with a trenchant analysis of the brutalization of the conflict and the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of various governments in exacerbating those violent processes.

Friday, April 15, 2016
2:30-4:30 pm
Vilas Communication Hall
James L. Hoyt Multimedia Classroom (Room 2195)

Author Bios

Robin Yassin-Kassab writes frequently for The Guardian and The National, and has contributed to Al Jazeera English, the Daily Beast, and Newsweek Middle East, among other publications. He is the author of the novel The Road from Damascus and a contributor to the anthology Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. He is a co-editor of the blog PULSE.

Leila Al Shami is a blogger and activist who has worked with the human rights movement in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. She was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN, a network that connects anti-authoritarian struggles across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s
School of Journalism & Mass Communication and
the Middle East Studies Program

With the support and endorsement of AIUSA Madison,
Peregrine Forum, 
and the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project