The crisis in Syria and public opinion: views from the UK, US and France
Date: Tuesday 11 March 2013
Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Room(off Westminster Hall), Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA
- Ian Lucas MP, Shadow Middle East Minister
- Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Former Middle East Minister
- Prof. Thomas Scotto, Professor of Government, University of Essex
- Dr. Jason Reifler, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
- Joe Twyman, Director of Political and Social Research, YouGov
Chair: Roula Khalaf, Middle East Editor, Financial Times
Foreign Policy Centre is delighted to host upcoming panel, with the kind support of the University of Essex, which will examine some of the key findings of new research being conducted by the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Texas-Dallas, with assistance of YouGov and a grant from the ESRC. The event will look to enhance public understanding of the nature and consequences of the reaction of citizens in three mature democracies (UK, US, and France) to the dynamic and volatile military and humanitarian situation in Syria. It will examine the size and effectiveness of aid contributions to the region against the backdrop of rising aid scepticism linked to the downturn.
The event will examine the findings of research surveys that explore the views of the UK,US and French publics as to:
- whether people are capable of forming coherent and durable foreign policy judgments;
- how people weigh costs and benefits of alternative courses of action that leaders propose to respond to the Syrian crisis;
- what extent are public reactions to the Syrian crisis affected by attitudes about the political elite(s) proposing various responses;
- what are citizens' beliefs about the morality of war and the necessity of humanitarian relief in their reactions to the Syrian crisis;
- levels of public engagement with their country's responses to the crisis;
- how core values and personality characteristics shape attitudes toward the Syrian crisis;
- national and socio-demographic variation in responses to the crisis.
The event is free and open to all.
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