On December 19, 2018, President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The decision has led to a wide ranging debate on the U.S. goals in Syria as well as what to do next. The withdrawal decision led to the resignation of the Secretary of Defense and it has many implications for the region, in particular for Turkey. While the U.S. and Turkey work together to prevent a potential power vacuum, the two NATO allies are not in agreement on significant issues, including the PKK-linked YPG. As the U.S. and Turkey try to chart a new strategy in northern Syria, the impact of President Trump’s decision for the course of the conflict as well as the region remains uncertain.
Please join the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. for a timely discussion on the implications of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
Hassan Hassan, Senior Nonresident Fellow, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.
Mark Kimmitt, Defense Consultant, MTK Defense Consultants
Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow, Geduld Program on Arab Politics, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.