09/11/2013 12:38 pm ET Updated Nov 11, 2013

WATCH: Madeleine Albright On US Action In Syria

More than two years after the start of the Syrian revolution, the conflict continues unabated, threatening to plunge the entire region into a protracted war. Neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, are facing increasing security threats and economic challenges emanating from the unrest.

As the Obama Administration proceeds to arm the Syrian rebels, policy makers are left facing key questions on how to respond to the escalating violence in Syria and the Middle East region more broadly.

The Aspen Institute's Middle East Programs and the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies hold the inaugural discussion on "Syria and the Future of the Levant." Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will offer her perspective on pressing issues facing the US and its action or inaction in Syria.