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Shushan on Syria: Bloody and brutal, no resolution in sight

The world has watched this summer as violence has escalated between the Assad regime and anti-government insurgents in Syria.  Reports by the United Nations indicate that more than 10,000 are dead and thousands are displaced.

Recently, Debra Shushan spoke to William & Mary News about the Syrian crisis.

In these videos, Shushan explains why there is little room for compromise because of the brutality and “history of bloody repression” in Syria, and why short-term solutions are ineffective because of feared retribution. 


Shushan also provides context regarding the scope of the Arab uprisings which began in Tunisia in December 2010 and describes why the term “Arab Spring” is controversial.  And is a U.S. military intervention likely in Syria? Shushan weighs in.

About Debra Shushan

Shushan is an assistant professor of government at the College of William & Mary who specializes in Middle East politics, Arab foreign policy, and regime survival strategies in non-democratic states.  In 2010-11, She closely monitored the Arab uprisings as they unfolded while conducting a one-year research fellowship at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar.  She has conducted research in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Shushan received her Ph.D. from Yale University and earned an M.Phil in International Relations at Magdalen College, Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.  She holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University.

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