David Ignatius on Syria's Lessons

David Ignatius, Journalist, Novelist, and Associate Editor and Columnist, the Washington Post


  March 2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of the uprisings that sparked the Syrian Civil War. Recent peace talks in Vienna demonstrate a renewed international resolve to halt the violence. But peace remains a distant prospect. Consensus on the two weightiest points for negotiation – the fate of Bashar al-Assad and the strategy for destroying ISIS – is elusive. And common ground is hard to find as Syria today resembles a patchwork of sectarian enclaves across which jihadists, regime loyalists, and foreign powers fight for competing visions of the region’s future. Can Syria be preserved as a viable state? And with Iraq, Libya, and Yemen facing similar civil conflict and weak or collapsing governments, what lessons should US policymakers take from Syria?

 

Speaker Bio

Pre-Reads

The Ugly Truth: Defeating the Islamic State Will Take Decades
David Ignatius, Washington Post, 01/18/2016

America May Be Doomed to Cooperate with Putin
David Ignatius, Washington Post, 01/12/2016

How the Syrian Conflict Could Get Even Bigger and Bloodier
David Ignatius, Washington Post, 11/03/2015

Schedule

5:30 p.m.            
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.            
Presentation and discussion

7:15 p.m.            
Adjournment