Reactions to the Syrian Peace Conference

Speaker: Edward Djerejian
Moderator: Irina Faskianos

Edward P. Djerejian leads a conversation on the international peace negotiations in Geneva and the challenges and possible outcomes that lie ahead for Syria, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Syria Update

Speaker: Elliott Abrams
Speaker: Ed Husain
Moderator: Irina Faskianos

Elliott Abrams and Ed Husain, CFR senior fellows for Middle Eastern studies, lead a conversation on the current situation in Syria and discuss challenges that lie ahead, both for the country and the international community.

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Syria Update: Religion and Rebellion

Speaker: Mona Yacoubian
Moderator: Irina Faskianos

Mona Yacoubian leads a conversation on the situation in Syria, including analysis of the religious divide, the role the United States and other international actors should play, and recommendations for U.S. policy.

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Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Speaker: Jeffrey Crisp
Speaker: Rochelle Davis
Presider: Andrew Parasiliti

Jeffrey Crisp, senior director for policy and advocacy at Refugees International, and Rochelle Davis, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Georgetown University, join the RAND Corporation's Andrew Parasiliti to discuss the long-term welfare of Syrian refugees and the burden on host countries.

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What to Do About Syria

Speaker: Ryan C. Crocker
Speaker: Charles W. Dunne
Speaker: Paul R. Pillar
Presider: Richard Haass

More than three years after the start of the Syrian civil war, debates continue about what role, if any, the United States should play in the conflict. Ryan C. Crocker of Texas A&M, Freedom House's Charles W. Dunne, and Paul R. Pillar of Georgetown University join CFR President Richard N. Haass to outline the courses of action available to the United States and debate whether U.S. intervention would be desirable or effective.

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A Conversation with Senator Bill Nelson

Speaker: Bill Nelson
Presider: Thomas Pickering

As Syria expands its influence in the Middle East through relationships with Iran and Hezbollah, the Bush Administration has publicly criticized it for undermining democratic reform in the region. After a controversial trip to Syria in mid-December, where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, Senator Bill Nelson said he believes there is a "crack in the door for discussions to continue" with Syria about its role in Iraq. Join him as he discusses his trip and gives his analysis of current U.S. policy.

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