With more than a million refugees in Europe, the spread of conflict throughout the region, and Russia’s involvement — why what’s happening in Syria matters everywhere.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., FP’s David Rothkopf, Lara Jakes, Kori Schake, and Al Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem dig deep into the war in Syria and why the conflict no longer affects merely one country or even the whole Middle East region — but much of the world.
The panel debates the infamous “red line” and takes a critical look at the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration in the region — from its inaction and lack of military force to the troubling involvement of Russia, Turkey, and Iran. The war that has lasted five years has wrought dire humanitarian, political, economic, and military consequences, and those problems have spilled over into the region and throughout Europe, now involving dozens of countries, NATO, and humanitarian organizations.
The panel also looks to the future of the region and makes a slew of Syria-related policy suggestions for the next president — first and foremost, protecting civilian lives and enlisting more cooperation from other Middle Eastern countries. But, some on the panel worry, since the United States has essentially lost all credibility by imposing nonintervention as a policy in Syria, where does the next administration go from here?