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Dennis Ross on Syria’s role in Israeli-Turkish relations

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ambassador Dennis Ross is particularly well-known for his roles as foreign policy advisor to Clinton and Obama. He has recently co-written an interesting article with Moran Stern, a Lecturer on Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University and at American University’s Centre for Israel Studies.

Drawing on their areas of expertise, Dennis and Moran explore how past and current developments in Syria have affected Israeli-Turkish relations and suggest ways in which the two countries could reinstate their deep strategic cooperation.

In the 1990s Turkey and Israel had a particularly close and fruitful relationship, which weakened and fizzled out in the following years. Now Syria’s civil war has “posed a new set of challenges and opportunities for renewed Israeli-Turkish ties.” Dennis and Moran suggest that because the two countries have shared interests on Syria this may well encourage their cooperation on security, economic and humanitarian issues.

Using historical analysis the authors “attempt to explain the evolution of Israeli- Turkish relations through the prism of Syria” with the belief that understanding the background of this situation is key to developing a stable post-war Syria.

Click here to read the article in full

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London Review of Books: Interesting articles

A great edition of London Review of Books this week.

All open to read on their website. Food for thought.

Syria’s death toll passes 60,000; Dennis Ross weighs in

Dennis Ross speakerLast week, the UN issued a statement asserting that the civil war in Syria, now entering its third year, has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people. For us in the West spectating on the sidelines, the conflict can be confusing – as we watch it unfold and progress in five minute gobbets on the evening news, a sense of context is missing, and questions of where it will end and what will happen next remain unanswered by the six o’clock bulletins.

Almost no one has a better grasp of the situation than Dennis Ross, one of our exclusive speakers, and an internationally respected authority on the Middle East region. In an interview with The Economist in January last year, Ross predicted that Assad would not abdicate, peaceful opposition would transform into violence, Russia would continue to support Syria from a distance, and that the conflict was far from over. Now, almost a year later, Ross has been vindicated on every point.

Another question that has been asked frequently, since the UN placed Syria’s death toll at 60,000 and rising, is why the West hasn’t intervened in Syria as it did in Libya. In the clip below, Dennis tackles this policy quandary – and despite being recorded in late September of last year, his insight is still very much relevant.

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