Syria and fragile states

April 04, 2018

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foreign policy and fragile states

Foreign Policy and Fragile States: A town hall discussion at the US Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. on March 19, 2018. 


United States Institute of Peace

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 at 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 US 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

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