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Episode 171: Scholars, Policymakers, and Surveying Syria

Good evening, we have a great episode for you this week! First, host Richard Aldous speaks with Hal Brands about why policymakers and scholars can’t just get along, before discussing in depth the situation in Syria with Andrew Bernard.

First, Hal Brands, the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, discusses why academics and policymakers so often disagree—and why that divide may be exaggerated by some.

Then, Andrew Bernard, a contributing writer here at The American Interest, speaks about the situation in Syria today. He ties in all of the disparate forces currently affecting the conflict, including Russia, the United States, Turkey, the Kurds, and more.

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Published on: June 20, 2017
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