Rethinking U.S. and European policy towards Syria

Did you miss the event? You can now watch the webinar on-demand  The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and the European Council on Foreign Relations are delighted to invite you to a public Zoom discussion assessing U.S. and European policy towards Syria. With Bashar al-Assad’s immediate survival seemingly assured, is it time for a broader re-assessment of Western policy towards Syria? After nine years of devastating conflict, what can still be achieved in the country and how can the U.S. and European countries now best advance their interests, while also addressing the needs of the long-suffering Syrian people? Can a transition agenda still be pursued, should Syria be viewed as a theatre to confront Russia and Iran, and to what extent are U.S. and European policy likely to remain aligned? What might a viable new approach now look like?


John Hudson (Moderator)

John Hudson is a national security reporter at the Washington Post covering the State Department and diplomacy. He previously covered foreign affairs for Foreign Policy magazine and BuzzFeed News, and has reported from several geopolitical hotspots, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Colombia, China, and Georgia.

Steven Simon

Steven Simon is a Research Analyst at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Colby. He served on the National Security Council in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Julien Barnes-Dacey is the director of the Middle East & North Africa program at the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of the recent report, Society max: How Europe can help Syrians survive Assad and coronavirus.

Dr. Rim Turkmani

Dr. Turkmani is the Director of Syria Conflict Research Program at the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Women's Advisory Board to the UN special envoy to Syria.