The Shifting U.S. Policy on Syria
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The U.S. is signaling that its Syrian policy is shifting, despite inconsistencies within the administration. Ambassador James Jeffrey, U.S. Special Envoy to Syria, has stated that the U.S. will remain in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. However, he added that the U.S. may be changing its policy to push for a complete withdrawal of Iran from Syria. While the U.S. military will remain in Syria for the immediate future, the U.S. is at a crossroads to decide how its policy will continue to address the security threats posed by the instability in Syria. Furthermore, the U.S. may consider remaining as a strategic presence in Syria, instead of focusing on the counterterrorism security strategy that exists today.
Please join the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. for a discussion on the potential U.S. policy shift and its implications for Syria and the stability of the region.
*A light lunch will be provided
Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross fellow in the Geduld Program on Arab Politics, The Washington Center for Near East Policy
Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor for Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United States Institute of Peace
Hassan Hassan, Senior Research Fellow, George Washington University
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.