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Syria: Policy Options for the Trump Administration

Since 2011, Syria’s Arab uprising has devolved into civil war and humanitarian disaster. Thousands have been killed and millions displaced, internally and externally. Radical groups have spawned with destabilizing consequences for the country, the region and the globe. The wars in Iraq and Syria have severely challenged the Middle East state system and opened the door for renewed international interventions. The Trump administration faces a daunting task and inherits a region in turmoil with an unclear way forward.

Addressing the challenges in Syria is a very complex undertaking, and U.S. policy to help resolve the Syrian conflict, eliminate the Islamic State, and deal effectively with key regional and international players is under question. Policymakers and the new U.S. administration must also plan for the day after, developing policies to structure a post-war landscape that promotes stability and good governance in what has been a diverse and multiethnic society.

On Dec. 13, the Baker Institute hosted a panel of recognized Syria experts to discuss the key issues and possible policy options for the new U.S. administration. 

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East.

Watch the video of the event:








The Honorable Ryan Crocker
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Afghanistan

The Honorable Robert Ford
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Algeria

Joshua Landis, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma

Charles Lister
Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

Randa Slim, Ph.D.
Director, Initiative for Track II Dialogues, Middle East Institute

Andrew J. Tabler
Fellow, The Washington Institute

Moderated by

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Israel


Join the conversation online with #BakerSyria.



Tue, Dec. 13, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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