Triangle Center Director’s statement on Syria
David Schanzer’s statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria:
“U.S. policy in Syria, including the deployment of troops, is an issue worthy of national debate, but the impetuous decision of President Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria is clearly not in our national interest,” says David Schanzer, professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
“A coherent policy on Syria would address:
• How the remaining ISIS threat will be handled
• The security of Kurdish forces and civilian population who have been
strong supporters in the fight against ISIS
• Containment of Iranian ambition in the region
• How to influence negotiations on the future of Syria.
“Trump’s decision addresses none of these issue. The U.S. will now be AWOT –
absent without thought.”