Is US-Russian Diplomacy Prolonging Syria's Civil War?

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When the US was threatening force against Syria, fighting by both the government and the rebels dropped off.  Now it's increasing again. And there's no guarantee that Bashar al-Assad will get rid of his chemical weapons according to the ambitious timetable set by the US and Russia. What if he doesn't?  Will the US attack then, despite Russia's opposition?  If Assad does meet the deadlines, will that mean peace for the Syrian people? We look at these and other questions about a short-term lull in what's really a long-term crisis.

Credits

Guests:
Page Fortna - Columbia University, Nikolas Gvosdev - US Naval War College / The National Interest - @NavalWarCollege, Stewart Patrick - Council on Foreign Relations; author of “The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World” - @StewartMPatrick, Amr Al-Azm - Shawnee State University - @alazmamr

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Christian Bordal, Evan George