MEC Webinar: MT20: Week 7: Why Syria Still Matters and Why Assad is Still There

Conveners: St Antony's College Middle East Centre

Speakers: Jeremy Bowen (Middle East Editor, BBC News)Dr Lina Khatib (Chatham House)


After nine years of civil war, the prospects for regime change in Syria seem more remote than ever.  Its society dispersed and its economy shattered, Syria remains a central state in the Middle East.  Regional stability cannot be restored while Syria’s conflict rages, yet the gulf separating the warring sides seems unbridgeable so long as Bashar al-Asad remains in power.  In this webinar, Dr Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, and Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor, will discuss the contemporary struggle for Syria and Assad’s survival.

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