The Middle East has captivated the world’s attention for its perpetual shifting alliances, conflicts and wars over the past several decades. Syria embodies this complex and troubled history. Following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, Syria plunged into a civil war that has since sparked a refugee crisis of massive proportions. The instability in Syria has drawn in external powers (Russia, Iran, Turkey, Arab Gulf countries and the U.S.). With President Trump’s recent announcement on withdrawing U.S. troops in Syria, the Syrian conflict seems to pose more questions than answers.
At this event, veteran war correspondent Charles Glass drew on his decades-long career covering the Middle East to address crucial questions surrounding Syria’s past, present and future. Informed by his unique perspective as a journalist and regional observer, Glass spoke on his experiences with the rich history and complexity of Syria that are often overlooked by Western media, providing a thoughtful analysis of where Syria stands today and what the nation’s future holds. Glass also briefly discussed his latest book, “They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France,” which was available for sale following the presentation.
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6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Presentation
Charles Glass is an author and journalist who served as the chief Middle East correspondent for ABC News from 1983 to 1993. Throughout his journalistic career, Glass has covered wars in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, the London Review of Books, Granta and The Guardian. He is a prolific author who has written on his experiences in the Middle East and his interest in European war history. He is the author of “Tribes with Flags,” “The Tribes Triumphant,” “Money for Old Rope,” “The Northern Front,” “Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation,” “The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II” and his most recent work, “They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Occupied France.”