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Hrair Balian

Hrair Balian joined The Carter Center in 2008 as director of the Conflict Resolution Programme. He is also an adjunct professor at the Emory University Law School, teaching an advanced international negotiations seminar. Since 1991 he has worked in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the independent states emerging from the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Africa, serving in intergovernmental organisations (the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and non-governmental organisations (the International Crisis Group and others). He has worked on elections, human rights and conflict resolution. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Research areas:  Middle East and North Africa

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Why “no-fly zones” or “IS-free zones” are not a solution in Syria
SYRIA-CRISIS by abdullatif anis with CC licence from Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0 Hrair Balian 19 August 2015
There is a renewed push to establish “no-fly” and “IS-free” zones in Syria. An external military intervention to establish such zones, even with the good intention of protecting civilians, is likely to precipitate more chaotic fighting and further harm civilians. more  

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