Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner: Syria

The Century Foundation and NYU Wagner are proud to present Debates of the Century @NYU Wagnera public debate series showcasing thoughtful, informed dialogue from experts. Join us on November 30, 2016 to hear experts on Syria debate the resolution:


There should be more U.S. intervention in Syria.”


The Syrian civil war is a human catastrophe, threatening international stability, undermining regional alliances, and challenging U.S. counterterrorism strategies and interests in the Middle East. Bashar al-Assad has systematically destroyed his own state rather than reform his rule and negotiate a political transfer of power to a real elected leader. The fragmentation and power vacuum in Syria has spurred the rise of the Islamic State, exacerbated the war in Iraq, and polarized the region. The U.S. government is already deeply involved in a covert war in Syria, and the humanitarian response to the crisis. It’s time to expand that policy into a more assertive and effective intervention. Learn more.

This debate will feature:

For the motion: Ambassador Robert S. Fordformer U.S. Ambassador to Syria, and Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute

Against the motion: Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Moderated by Deborah Amos, NPR, international correspondent covering the Middle East