The Struggle for Peace in Syria: A Decade of Decisionmaking

The Struggle for Peace in Syria: A Decade of Decisionmaking

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Join us for a live webcast starting at 12 noon EST on Friday, March 5, 2021, as American and Syrian policymakers examine what lessons Syria’s decade of conflict hold for the Biden administration.

Ten years after the Assad regime’s arrest and torture of children in Deraa sparked nationwide protests that morphed into civil war, foreign military intervention, and de facto partition, the United States and its allies continue to pursue a sustainable and just settlement for the Syrian people. What lessons do the decade-long conflict and the twenty-first century’s largest humanitarian tragedy hold for the Biden administration?

To discuss these and other questions, The Washington Institute is pleased to announce a virtual Policy Forum with Robert Ford, James Jeffrey, and Bassma Kodmani. The event will be moderated by Andrew J. Tabler, who recently rejoined the Institute after serving as senior advisor to the U.S. special envoy for Syria.

Watch a live webcast of this event starting at 12 noon on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Robert Ford served as U.S. ambassador to Syria from the start of the uprising in 2011 until 2014. He is currently the Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.

James Jeffrey served as U.S. special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS until November 2020. Previously, he served as deputy national security advisor (2007-2008) and U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Turkey, among other posts. He currently chairs the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program.

Bassma Kodmani is a member of the Syrian Constitutional Committee and Drafting Committee and a founder of the Syrian National Council, the country’s first opposition coalition. Author or editor of numerous books and articles on Middle East conflicts, she holds a doctorate from Sciences Po in Paris.