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Discussion on Latest Events in Syria

Washington, DC
Friday, July 20, 2012

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) will host a discussion on the possibility of Bashar al-Assad's downfall in Syria.

Reports suggest that rebels fighting al-Assad may have taken control of a portion of the country, while some Syrian soldiers have defected to Turkey, and many more are deserting or refusing to fight.

After recently returning from a month of reporting alongside the rebels fighting Assad's government in Syria, Pulitzer Center grantee David Enders will discuss his experience and what he learned. A special correspondent for McClatchy, based in Beirut, Lebanon, Enders has been to Syria four times this year.

The conversation focused on whether al-Assad's central authority is breaking down, if new power brokers are emerging and how the U.S. and its allies can help.

He will be joined by FDD fellows Ammar Abdulhamid, Syrian human rights and democracy activist and director of the Tharwa Foundation; John Hannah, former national security advisor to Vice President Cheney; and Reuel Marc Gerecht, former Iran analyst at the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.

Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11:30am (ET)

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