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Virtual Event | Lessons of the Syrian Conflict

Dec 9, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am ET


The Syrian Civil War has been one of the deadliest conflicts of the last 10 years. Rather than intervene decisively or stay out completely, the United States charted a muddled middle course that created critics on all sides.

In conjunction with the release of its forthcoming report, “Lessons of the Syrian Conflict: Toward a Better Intervention Debate,” the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, December 9 to discuss what U.S. policy makers can learn from the partial intervention in Syria, and what this means for future U.S. policies both in Syria and in other conflict zones.

The event featured a panel discussion with the report's author Nicholas Danforth, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, and former Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Middle East Bureau at USAID Mona Yacoubian. The discussion was moderated by CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow Elisa Ewers.

Panel Speakers:

Nicholas Danforth
Visiting Scholar
Elliott School, George Washington University

Robert Ford
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

Mona Yacoubian
Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Middle East & Africa
United States Institute of Peace

Moderated By:

Elisa Ewers
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Middle East Security Program
Center for a New American Security