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The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

Andrew J. Tabler

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April 20, 2018

"Atlantic" editors Matt Thompson and Kathy Gilsinan ask Syria expert Andrew Tabler to explain how the conflict has worn on for years and what the path forward might be.

Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million dead and millions more displaced, the conflict is  now “arguably the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since World War II,” writes Andrew Tabler in The Atlantic. “The Syrian Civil War now threatens to morph into the Syria War—a regional conflagration which seems likely to burn for a generation. And civilians are cursed to live it, and die in it, every day.” How did we get here? And what comes next?

Atlantic editors Matt Thompson and Kathy Gilsinan interviewed Institute Martin J. Gross fellow Andrew Tabler for an April 20, 2018 episode of the "Radio Atlantic" podcast. Listen to the episode or read more about it and the "Radio Atlantic" podcast series at