What to Do About Syria?

A Woodrow Wilson Center Event

Event Summary

In light of the ongoing crisis in Syria, three experts discussed the events on the ground there, U.S. policy options for the country, the role of Iran in the crisis, and what actions should be taken by the U.S. and international community. On May 9, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on “What to Do About Syria?” with Ammar Abdulhamid, Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Steven Heydemann, Senior Advisor for Middle East Initiatives at the U.S. Institute of Peace; and Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event. Continue reading

Launching the Freedom Collection

On March 28, 2012, I was invited to Dallas, Texas, again to take part in the official launching of the Freedom Collection, an “effort to document the struggle for human freedom and democracy around the world, which presents “a central feature of the Human Freedom initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.” During the event, I, alongside a number of colleagues from around the world, were given a special recognition by Mr. an Mrs. Bush for our efforts to highlight the cause of our people, and were told that we will be among the first to be interviewed for the Freedom Collection.  Continue reading

Listening to the Syrian Resistance

On February 15, at the headquarters of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I helped set up a conference call via Skype that introduced rebel leaders from Damascus and Its Suburbs to a host of policy experts from Washington. This is Cliff May’s take on the event. Cliff is the president of FDD.

Should Obama call for Syria’s Assad to go?

The Christian Science Monitor wonders: “Should Obama call for Syria’s Assad to go? And would it matter?

…according to some experts, a call from the White House for Assad to go would hasten the disintegration of his government. In this view, Syrian elites view current US sanctions as an attempt to get Syria to distance itself from Iran as much as a tool intended to end their internal crackdown. Continue reading