Dexter Filkins and Robin Wright on How to Destroy a Country

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How did the democracy protests in Syria during the Arab Spring lead to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world? The New Yorker staff writers Dexter Filkins and Robin Wright have each spent decades covering wars in the Middle East. They join David Remnick in a discussion about Syrian fault lines, the geopolitical stakes involved in controlling the country, and how the Assad regime has held on to Syria so long. Wright says the conflict raises a fundamental question that Washington isn’t ready to tackle: Are the postcolonial nations of the Middle East really viable in the long term?