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Phone Seminar: “The Syrian Withdrawal and the Rapidly Shifting Sands in the Middle East”

January 23 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

“The Syrian Withdrawal and the Rapidly Shifting Sands in the Middle East”

Wednesday, January 23, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00p.m. (Eastern Time)
 

Call-In Number (712) 432-0075
Participant Code: 397784 
Featured guest speaker:

Professor Efraim Inbar
On December 19, 2018, President Donald Trump announced by tweet that he was withdrawing most of the American troops currently in Syria.  The President wrote, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”  Trump also promised in a video message on Twitter that “Our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back and they’re coming back now.  We won.”

There are about 2200 U.S. soldiers in Syria.  2000 of these troops are in the northeast, where they direct the air and land war against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), in coordination with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF).  The remaining 200 are at al-Tanf, a crucial base at the Syrian-Iraqi border which blocks Iran from completing its land bridge to Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan.  In both areas, the U.S. troops have very rarely been exposed to combat situations.  Four Americans were killed on Wednesday in an attack by ISIS in Syria, and six U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2014.

Since his initial announcement, the President and his aides have somewhat walked back these tweets.  Although some U.S. troops have begun to leave, it is unclear exactly how long it will take, and whether the 200 troops in al-Tanf are to be included.

What are the ramifications of a U.S. withdrawal from Syria? And what are the national security interests that favor the U.S. staying the course there? To explore these questions and more, EMET is honored to host Professor Efraim Inbar from Jerusalem for a phone seminar.

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About Professor Efraim Inbar

Professor Efraim Inbar is the President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.  He was the founding director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, a position he held for 23 years (1993-2016), and a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Boston universities; a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow; and a visiting fellow at the (London-based) International Institute for Strategic Studies.  Professor Inbar was president of the Israel Association of International Studies; a member of the Political Strategic Committee of the National Planning Council; chairman of the National Security Curriculum committee in the Ministry of Education; and a member of the Academic Committee of the IDF History Department. He has authored five books: Outcast Countries in the World Community (1985), War and Peace in Israeli Politics. Labor Party Positions on National Security (1991), Rabin and Israel’s National Security (1999), The Israeli-Turkish Entente (2001), and Israel’s National Security: Issues and Challenges since the Yom Kippur War (2008), and edited fourteen collections of scholarly articles. He is an expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, public opinion on national security issues, US Middle East policy, Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, and Israel-Turkey relations.

Details

Date:
January 23
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM