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Syria's Future


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A woman flashes the "victory" sign during a protest against the Syrian regime outside Damascus' embassy in Kuwait City on February 5, 2012.
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A woman flashes the "victory" sign during a protest against the Syrian regime outside Damascus' embassy in Kuwait City on February 5, 2012.

A White House spokesman says President Obama is considering sending humanitarian aid to Syrians, while at the same time ramping up pressure against President Bashar Assad. Growing sectors of the Syrian population have mounted demonstrations against the Assad regime, sparking violent government crackdowns resulting in thousands of deaths. The U.S. and several Gulf countries have closed their embassies and recalled their diplomats. We discuss the next steps in the region.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Cole Bockenfeld, director of advocacy for the Project on Middle East Democracy
  • Hisham Ahmed, professor of politics at St. Mary's College of California
  • Mahmoud Khattab, medical doctor and chairman of the Syrian American Council
  • Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and senior director for policy planning of the State Department under George W. Bush

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