Throughout its internal conflict the “Syria issue” has become more and more complex with issues such as refugees, regional interventions, terrorism, etc. pushing any country, including America, to hesitate to take a position on any of the issues the country faces. The need to address these problems was passed on from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which has escalated the U.S. military’s role in Syria but has yet to articulate to the public its goals and limitations of those goals, or release a new strategy for the war-torn country to combat ISIL, to deal with the refugee crisis and to push for a political transition to remove Assad. Failure to develop a strategy will further harm the possibility of political stability the country so desperately needs, and is unlikely to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis at hand. The West is currently witnessing the largest forced migration since World War II, testing Europe’s capacity and American commitment to the international refugee conventions. Failure to bring forth a coherent strategy has wide-reaching impacts beyond simply the humanitarian, but also impacts international alliances, and the battle against extremism.
Date: September 6, 2017
When: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: 11200 Waples Mill Rd., Suite 360, Fairfax, VA 22030