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Finding A Pathway Toward A Political Solution In Syria
Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Frederic Hof was interviewed on BBC World News about the crisis in Syria and how to put Syria on a pathway to a political settlement. Listen here.

Hof believes the US should take a more aggressive approach to dealing with Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad, as well as with his supporters in Russia. However, he contends that deposing Assad or finding a political solution will not necessarily result in the end of ISIS.

“Even if the brutal and relentless war on Syrian civilians were ended or significantly slowed in the western part of the country, ISIS would still be holding forth in the east. This monstrosity will not be beaten decisively by airplanes from above and Kurdish militiamen on the ground. What I would like to see our country try to do would be roughly analogous to what Secretary of State Jim Baker did a quarter century ago: build a coalition of regional states willing to provide ground forces to help liberate Arab land,” he wrote recently.

Saudi Arabia Issues Call On G20 To Do More For Middle East
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, a Saudi Arabian political analyst, and other Saudi policymakers have issued a call for the G20 to do more to solve conflicts in the Middle East, which “has tossed the whole region into turmoil.”

Ibrahim Al-Quaiyid, a member of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said nations “must work together to enhance our solidarity” and asserted the G-20 member states and their allies to “redouble efforts to find a peaceful solution in Syria and prevent all terror outfits like Daesh militants from perpetrating attacks.”

The Refugee Crisis Could See The Loss Of An Entire Generation
Last week, Maya Yahya wrote about the impact the refugee crisis is having, particularly on Arab society. She argues that the displacement of large numbers of citizens from Syria and Iraq is producing a new underclass of Arab citizens who have been pushed to the fringes of society, where they remain in limbo, unable to move backward or forward with their lives.

“Effectively, they are in a state of exception, defined by philosopher Giorgio Agamben as a status under which entire categories of people live and where various laws are suspended indefinitely.7 In this state of exception, a new underclass of Arab citizens is emerging, spread across those four Arab countries—two hemorrhaging citizens and two gaining refugees—and characterized by tremendous setbacks in health, education, and income. This situation also threatens the future of an entire generation of Syrian and Iraqi youth who are growing up in the shadow of conflict and with minimal prospects for the future,” she writes.


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