Syria and Fragile States

Syria and Fragile States

This hour: why some states become fragile; how it affects the people who live there; and the US approach to getting fragile states back on their feet. 

We’ll focus on the conflict in Syria - the site of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory. What is the US doing right and where is our foreign policy falling short? 

Finally, we’ll look what happens when the US and other democracies ignore fragile states and leave the rebuilding to authoritarian regimes like China.

Much of the program is a town hall discussion we held on March 19, 2018 at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. That discussion was moderated by Joshua Johnson, host of WAMU's 1A. Our panelists were:

Nancy Lindborg, president of the U.S. Institute of Peace

Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security

Kimberly Kagan, founder and president of The Institute for the Study of War

Watch the full town hall discussion here.