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US State Department Official to Speak on Humanitarian Aid in Syria

November 09, 2017

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After years of an extremely violent conflict that the UN estimates has killed more than 70,000 people, Syrians are now mired in a humanitarian catastrophe. Providing food, medical care, and other assistance remains a challenge to the many international organizations seeking to help the people of Syria.

On November 16, 2017, Mark Ward, Director of the Syria Transitioning Assistance and Response Team at the US Department of State and an expert on disaster preparedness, will speak about the situation facing those trying to provide assistance in this troubled region. Ward’s presentation is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

From July 2010 to September 2011, Ward was Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and Acting Director of the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Ward focused on disaster preparedness and response and civil-military cooperation during three notable disasters: the 2010 floods in Pakistan, the 2010-11 cholera outbreak in Haiti, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Ward will speak in the Presidential Library Orientation Theater in the Bush Presidential Library and Museum from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. His lecture is open to the public. Additional details and registration information can be found on the Bush School website at