Syria Events

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Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises

October 21, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and moreover, the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake. Jubin Goodarzi provides an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.
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The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.
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Teleconference: ISIS, Assad, and the Syrian Opposition: Challenges Confronting US Policy in Syria

September 22, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
As the Obama Administration seeks to fashion a policy to counter ISIS, it confronts a complex situation on the ground, particularly in Syria. Three analysts and experts discuss the military/political landscape in Syria and the challenges it poses.
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Ground Truth Briefing: How Dangerous Is ISIS, and How Should the U.S. Deal With It?

June 19, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Recent events have threatened Iraq’s stability, highlighted the dangers of the Syrian civil war, and raised serious questions about how the US should respond to the current crisis. Join us by PHONE for this Ground Truth Briefing as we examine ISIS, the policies of the Maliki Government, impact of Syria on Iraq, and US options in response to these challenges.
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What’s To Become of Syria? U.S Policy, the Opposition and the Regime

June 06, 2014 // 8:30am9:30am
Middle East Program
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers and analysts of Syria assess that future, the impact of recent presidential elections, a growing jihadi presence and the prospects for change in U.S policy.
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Humanitarian Crisis: Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

October 29, 2013 // 8:55am10:30am
Middle East Program
Lebanon hosts more refugees from Syria than any other country in the region, placing tremendous strain on Lebanese host communities, public services, and infrastructure. Join this conversation about the humanitarian impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and what steps the international community is taking to address the issue.

Deciphering Russian Policy on Syria: What Happened…and What’s Next

October 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Since the Arab Spring arrived in Syria in 2011, Russia has strongly supported the Assad regime’s efforts to suppress its opponents, while the U.S. has remained relatively uninvolved. Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, analyzed the next steps as Russia and the U.S. work to cooperate on Syria.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Challenges of Chemical Weapons Disarmament in Syria

September 27, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
The U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons calls on the Assad regime to provide an inventory of its weapons stockpile and agree to a timetable for their removal and ultimate destruction. Charles Duelfer, a leading expert on WMD disarmament with extensive experience in Iraq with the UN and the U.S. government, will discuss the practical challenges of implementing this accord.
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Media Briefing: G20 Meetings in Moscow

August 29, 2013 // 10:00am10:25am
Kennan Institute
In this media briefing, Wilson Center experts preview the President’s upcoming visit to Moscow, U.S.-Russia Relations, and the response to Syria.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Hezbollah’s Interests in Syria

July 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Hezbollah seems to be willing to lose its popularity in Lebanon to help Bashar al-Assad. Ghaddar explains why Hezbollah’s involvement seems as if they are helping secure some kind of federalism; however, their main interest is not to protect Assad, but instead, Iran.

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