Joshua Landis: Syria: What’s Next?
February 14, 5:30 pm, Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa)
Joshua Landis (University of Oklahoma), “Syria: What’s Next?”
In thinking about possible outcomes of the Syrian revolution and civil war, it is helpful to place Syria in the broader context of the Levant states, all of which are deeply divided and weak. This lecture will consider how the Turks, Iraqis, and Lebanese emerged from their efforts at revolution and civil war. These revolutions in Syria’s direct neighborhood provide the surest guide to considering the possibilities for a unified Syrian national movement, the possibility of ethnic cleansing, and the possible future of the Alawite and Kurdish regions and how long war will last.
Joshua M. Landis is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and President of the Syrian Studies Association. He received his M.A. from Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. His research and teaching interests include modern Middle Eastern history and politics with a special focus on Syria and its surrounding countries. He also writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts some 200,000 page-reads a month. It is widely read by officials in Syria, Europe and Washington. He has received numerous grants to study in the Middle East, including three Fulbright grants and one from the Social Science Research Council. He is a frequent analyst on TV and radio, appearing recently on the PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, and Front Line and contributing regularly on NPR and the BBC. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and Time Magazine. Among his most recent publications are Stay Out of Syria (Foreign Policy, June 5, 2012) and Why Asad Is Likely to Survive to 2013 (Middle East Policy, Spring 2012).
[Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford Humanities Center, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN), and the Stanford Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence, supported by the President’s Fund, CCSRE, Religious Studies, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies]