Sept. 6, 2013—As Congress debates whether the United States should intervene militarily in Syria and the question of what should be done about this seemingly intractable conflict occupies center stage in the national – and global – conversation, THE SYRIA DILEMMA, a new book edited by leading Middle East experts Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School for International Studies, brings the central issues and controversies at the heart of the Syria debate into focus.
"More than 100,000 people have been killed and over five million displaced amidst the conflict in Syria. Over a million children are now refugees from the violence plaguing their collapsing state. Evidence now points to the use of chemical weapons," Hashemi, professor of Middle East Studies and director of the Center for Middle East Studies, said.
"Here is all the material that readers will need to join the argument about intervention in Syria—which is turning out to be one of the most important political arguments of our time," Michael Walzer of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the author of the classic study Just and Unjust Wars, said.
The contributors to THE SYRIA DILEMMA—Syria experts, international relations theorists, human rights activists, and scholars of humanitarian intervention—sharply disagree with one another, but together they represent the best political thinking on the issue. Among the book's contributors are:
- Christopher Hill, Dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq & special envoy for Kosovo
- Tom Farer, University Professor and former Dean of the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, President of the New America Foundation and former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State
- Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch
- Michael Ignatieff, former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and lead author of the UN's "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) report
- Radwan Ziadeh, Executive Director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.
- Vali Nasr, Dean of The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
- Rafif Jouejati, a member of The Day After Project, an international working group of Syrians representing a large spectrum of the country's opposition
- Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University
- Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics (LSE)
- Shadi Hamid, Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center
"Whether you support or oppose military intervention," said Fawaz A. Gerges, Director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and the author of Obama and the Middle East, "The Syria Dilemma highlights the ethical dilemmas at the heart of the Syrian conflict. It is a must read."
"Wide-ranging and timely, this volume is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the Syrian tragedy, its significance, and the options available to the United States and the rest of the international community," said James L. Gelvin, Professor of History at UCLA and the author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Director, Center for Middle East Studies
Associate Professor of Middle East & Islamic Politics
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
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