U.S. policy on Syria: Is regime change worth state failure?
Most observers assess that Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian civil war, even as outside powers still seek to expand their influence and presence on the ground. As the civil war has ebbed, half of all Syrians have been forced from their homes, their health is in grave jeopardy and poverty is rife. U.S. policy is to use sanctions on Syria and on foreign aid organizations to unseat Assad, while creating a quagmire for Russia. The consequences of this policy have worsened the situation of ordinary Syrians without having forced Assad out or thwarting Russia’s interest in Syria. Should the U.S. stay the course in the hope of ejecting Assad and frustrating Moscow, or should it relent and permit reconstruction in Syria to proceed?
Join what promises to be an intense discussion between Rim Turkmani of the London School of Economics, Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute, and Professor Steven Simon of the Quincy Institute and Colby College, who recently authored a report arguing that America’s first priority in Syria should be to prevent the collapse of the Syrian state. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma.
The panel will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 1 pm ET.
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