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The U.S. Has No Dog in the Fight in Syria – Intelligence Squared debate Friday (live webcast)

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The U.S. Has No Dog in the Fight in Syria (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

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Debate: 5:30-7:00 PM Mountain time (7:30 PM Eastern)
Friday, August 9, 2013
Paepcke Auditorium at The Aspen Institute
1000 N. Third St.
Aspen, Colorado
Presented in partnership with Aspen Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute

When it comes to Syria, does the U.S. have a ‘dog in the fight’? There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad’s powerful allies, the public’s aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead has topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad’s use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?

FOR:
Richard Falkenrath Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
Graham Allison Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans

AGAINST:
R. Nicholas Burns Former Under Secretary of State, Political Affairs
Sir Nigel Sheinwald Former British Ambassador to the United States

 

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