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Peace Talks and Warfare in Syria

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In four and a half years, Syria's civil war has killed 250,000 people and displaced 12 million -- half the nation's entire population. Supporters of both sides agree there cannot be a military solution, but the fighting continues, now to include about 50 American Special Forces. The US and Russia joined 15 other nations last week -- including archrivals Iran and Saudi Arabia — to discuss a diplomatic solution. The al-Assad regime was not represented. The closed-door meeting produced nine points of agreement as well as plans to meet again soon, but international rivalries already threaten to derail any progress.

Credits

Guests:
Laura Rozen - Al-Monitor - @lrozen, Seth Jones - RAND Corporation - @SethGJones, Robin Wright - joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and contributing writer for the New Yorker - @wrightr, Daniel Serwer - Johns Hopkins University - @DanielSerwer

More:
Rozen on accomplishments of Syria talks, Wright on the extent of Iran's intervention in Syria, Wright on whether Iran will cooperate on Syria, Serwer on a little-know Russian proposal for Syria

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christine Detz, Katie Cooper, Sarah Sweeney