MENA Salon: Trouble with the US Withdrawal from Syria

Workshop | January 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

President Trump’s maneuver to withdraw US forces from Syria sparked a new diplomatic brawl with Turkey. Inevitably, the plan raised questions about its effects on Syrian Kurds and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Triggering global confusion, Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation unless a 20 mile safe zone was created on the Northern Syria border. The withdrawal decision was further complicated by the killing of four Americans in a suicide attack in Manbij claimed by ISIS--after the organization had been deemed "defeated." In this week’s Salon, we will continue our discussion on Syria through a focus on Turkey. Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge.

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