US Foreign Policy

Syria, Egypt and Arab Transitions Examined

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Experts affiliated with the Stimson Center have helped inform policymakers and the public about the civil war in Syria, unrest in Egypt and Arab transitions over the past 12 months in many ways. These include participating in panel discussions at Stimson and elsewhere, briefing officials, testifying before Congress, giving interviews to the media and writing 10 analytic pieces and op-eds for newspapers and websites. The analyses and views of these individuals are their own and do not represent the views of Stimson as an institution.

Here are links to the congressional testimony, analytic pieces and op-eds, and some radio and TV interviews:

Congressional Testimony

The Security Situation in Syria: Implications for U.S. National Security and Policy Options – Mona Yacoubian (includes video) (July 17, 2013)


Analytic Pieces and Op-eds

A Catch-22 With Russia – by Mona Yacoubian (New York Times, August 26, 2013)

A Plan for Syria – by Stimson Board Chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. (the National Interest, August 21, 2013)

How Morsy’s Fall Empowers Islamists – by Geneive Abdo (, July 18, 2013)

Egypt’s Chaos Need Not Derail the Arab Spring – by Ellen Laipson and Mona Yacoubian (International Business Times, July 15, 2013)

Syria: Looking Ahead Toward a U.N. Peacekeeping Operation – by Kennan F. Hedrick (Stimson, June 20, 2013)

Why Sunni-Shia Conflict is Worsening – by Genieve Abdo (, June 7, 2013)

Hezbollah’s Gamble in Syria – by Mona Yacoubian (Foreign Affairs, June 6, 2013)

Give Peace Talks in Syria a Chance – by Mona Yacoubian (, May 13, 2013)

Reinvigorate American Soft Power to Shape Change in the Arab World – by Mona Yacoubian (Stimson, Dec. 10, 2012)

Why Syria may be the catalyst for Jordan’s “Arab Spring” – by Que’Nique Mykte’ Newbill (Stimson, Nov. 2, 2012)


Selected audio and video interviews and discussions

Syria and Iran Cementing Long-term Economic Ties via Oil – Mona Yacoubian interviewed (The Voice of Russia, Aug 2, 2013) (Audio)

U.S. Policy Options in Syria — Mona Yacoubian interviewed (Voice of America, July 26, 2013) (Audio)

The Crisis in Syria: What Are the Stakes for Syria’s Neighbors? – Mona Yacoubian speaks about Syria and Its Neighbors (Middle East Policy Council, July 1, 2013) (Video)

The Debate over U.S. Arms Aid for Syrian Rebels – Mona Yacoubian interviewed (WHYY Radio, June 18, 2013) (Audio)

Continued Conflict in Syria – Mona Yacoubian interviewed (C-SPAN Washington Journal, June 9, 2013) (Video)

Civil Unrest in Syria  – Mona Yacoubian discussing Syria (C-SPAN, June 7, 2013) (Video)

Conference on Legal Questions Around Supporting Syrian Insurgency – Mona Yacoubian speaking (American Society of International Law, May 30, 2013) (Video)

Civil War and Chemical Weapons in Syria — Mona Yacoubian interviewed (CCTV, May 14, 2013) (Video)

Allegations of Syrian Chemical Weapons Use And US Response – Mona Yacoubian Interviewed (NPR, April 24, 2013) (Audio)

US Policy Toward Syria – Mona Yacoubian interviewed (C-SPAN Washington Journal, March 10, 2013) (Video)

U.S. and Allies Response to Syria – Mona Yacoubian interviewed (C-SPAN Washington Journal, December 9, 2012) (Video)

The Continuing Crisis In Syria – Mona Yacoubian discusses the continuing crisis in Syria (Voice of America, September 14, 2012) (Audio)

Turkey and the Regional Dynamics of the Syrian Crisis – Mona Yacoubian Participates In Panel Discussion (Middle East Institute, September 9, 2012) (Audio)


Photo by Bertil Videt via flickr

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