War in Syria: Next Steps to Mitigate the Crises, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 17, 2016   [open pdf - 320KB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 17, 2016 hearing, "War in Syria: Next Steps to Mitigate the Crises," before the Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Robert S. Ford: "Thank you for the invitation to speak before the committee today about what new steps can be taken to mitigate the crisis in Syria. It is an honor to appear before you again. There is not much we the United States can do now to mitigate the crisis in Syria quickly. The fighting is too entrenched and bitterly sectarian; both the Syrian government and the armed opposition seek military victory instead of preparing their own ranks for tough, mutual compromises. Foreign nations are deeply involved - far more deeply than the United States - and they are committed to winning the conflict militarily. There is no magic American bullet. This is not to say there are not useful things the United States can and should do, but we are well past the point of a clearly identifiable path out of the conflict." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert S. Ford, Nancy Lindborg, and Tamara Cofman Wittes.

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