Syria's Impasse: Expectations for Geneva II and Beyond




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Published on Jan 15, 2014

Syria's Impasse:
Expectations for Geneva II and Beyond

The seemingly intractable Syrian conflict has produced vexing political and ethical dilemmas for leaders and policymakers seeking to end the bloodshed. Against the backdrop of the Geneva peace conference slated for January 22, fighting persists and casualties continue to mount on all sides in a conflict that has claimed over 130,000 lives and displaced more than 8.5 million Syrians since March 2011. The emergence of armed jihadist groups and the involvement of external actors portend continued violence and conflict. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Russian-brokered chemical weapons deal has stalled as international stakeholders consider alternative ways to end the fighting.

New America hosted a discussion of the Syrian conflict featuring Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America's president and CEO, Nader Hashemi, co-editor of The Syria Dilemma, Najib Ghadbian, U.S. representative of the Syrian National Coalition, and Jeremy Shapiro, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. The discussion addressed the state of the Syrian opposition, expectations for the upcoming Geneva conference, prospects for alleviating the humanitarian crisis, and the role of the international community.

Join the conversation online using #SyriaImpasse and following @NewAmerica.
Anne-Marie Slaughter
President and CEO, New America

Nader Hashemi
Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver

Najib Ghadbian
Special Representative to the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

Jeremy Shapiro
Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution



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