The Syria Dilemma

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nader Hashemi, Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, talks about the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which  as been going on for close to three years now. He’s the editor of The Syria Dilemma, a collection of writing from Syria experts, human rights activists, international relations scholars that tackle the thorny issues of how to resolve the seemingly intractable conflict in Syria.


Nader Hashemi

Comments [7]

Jean Marie from Manhattan

In the little box that contains all of his ideas regarding solutions in Syria there is no space to discuss the ramifications of the utter failure of diplomatic outreach since the beginning of the conflict.
He suggests that had the moderate faction of the opposition received weapons support sooner we would have seen a positive resolution: did he miss the impact of our support of "moderates" in Iraq.

Dec. 20 2013 12:22 AM
oscar from ny

..I heard that Sunnis and Chias are fighting over the nephew of Muhammad who was beheaded so now they worship this nephew because according to these mulahs the purity and chastity of a small innocent boy is what this world all can see these clergy around the glove practice this idolatry that it has penetrated the idioncycracy of America and the result is these minter child turn assasins...

Dec. 19 2013 12:38 PM
Patrick from NYC

If we get involved, the Koolaid drinkers will think that Obama is wonderful. So how different would the intentions be from the Iraq war?

Dec. 19 2013 12:36 PM
Salvatore Principato from Greenwich Village

the myopic view of your guest speaks volumes to the false dichotomy that we are often presented with by pundits who believe foreign is a zero sum game.In his view it's either militarily taking sides or you're an isolationist. How about diplomacy? how about economic incentives? How about advocating for the various international sponsors to pressure their clients to peace talks. A negotiated settlement not matter how long overdue, with all the various factions involved would by far be the best way to stem the refugee crisis the takeover of extremists and the slaughter by Assad administration. There is no such thing as killing for peace.

Dec. 19 2013 12:30 PM
Amy from Manhattan

...& I'm glad Mr. Hashemi is acknowledging the complexities & that we *don't* know how our actions would play out.

Dec. 19 2013 12:28 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there anything people can do to help w/the humanitarian crisis? Does aid we contribute to really reach the people, esp. those still in Syria, who need it most? Which organizations are most effective?

What bothers me in most discussions about this situation is how sure many people are that they know what *would have* happened if we'd done something different.

Dec. 19 2013 12:25 PM
Joe from Long Island

Your guest argues that we should be more assertive for Russia is surely doesn't want to go to war over Syria. Do we? I don't think so, which means we'd be bluffing. What if they call our bluff? They can read public opinion here, they know WE are not going to war over this, so why wouldn't they call our bluff? Or if he intends some sort of short-of-war assertiveness, then what does it matter whether Russia is willing to go to war? It doesn't make any sense.

Dec. 19 2013 12:20 PM

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