The Middle East Channel

Bloggingheads: Will Assad go peacefully? (Or at all?)

Welcome to the first edition of a new FP partnership with Bloggingheads.tv. We’ll be featuring ten episodes of bloggingheads’ trademark online blogger debates in a special series devoted exclusively to the dramatic events unfolding this year in the Middle East. Look for them here this fall on the Middle East Channel on foreignpolicy.com. As the ...

Welcome to the first edition of a new FP partnership with Bloggingheads.tv. We’ll be featuring ten episodes of bloggingheads’ trademark online blogger debates in a special series devoted exclusively to the dramatic events unfolding this year in the Middle East. Look for them here this fall on the Middle East Channel on foreignpolicy.com.

As the crackdown on Syrian protesters continues, discussion turns to whether the Assad regime can be overthrown via the "Egypt model" of non-violence alone, as opposed to the "Libya model" of armed uprising plus outside intervention. At Bloggingheads.tv, Ausama Monajed, a London-based Syrian dissident, debates the question with Joshua Landis of Syria Comment.

Monajed proposes a sanctions package that he says can get results; Landis is skeptical. 

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