Reading List: Making Sense of Syria

Reading List: Making Sense of Syria

A photo captured during a recent public program. Photo by Jin Lee.

Now stretching into its seventh bloody year, the civil war in Syria – pitting regional and international powers against jihadist groups, and at times, against each other – has left more than 400,000 people dead and displaced millions more.

Recently returned from the battlefront in Syria, Barak Barfi, a research fellow at the New America Foundation, will lead a discussion, Making Sense of Syria, on March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. that explores options for ending or, at least, containing this deadly conflict.

Because the war, the history of the region, and the players are so complex, the 9/11 Memorial Museum asked Barfi to recommend a reading list for those attending the talk or for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the forces at play and potential pathways to peace.

Foreign Affairs

A Syria Policy for Trump: How Washington Can Get to a Settlement

By Andrew J. Tabler and Dennis Ross

Carnegie Middle East Center

Syria in Crisis: The Jihadi Spiral

By Aron Lund

Talking Points Memo

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War

By John Judis

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By 9/11 Memorial Staff