The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism hosted:
The CSIS-Schieffer Series Dialogues
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Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News;
Anchor, CBS News’ “Face the Nation”
Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post
Chief Pentagon Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Middle East Program
The TCU Schieffer School of Journalism and CSIS cosponsor a monthly series of dialogues hosted by award-winning journalist Bob Schieffer to discuss the most pressing foreign and domestic issues of the day.
As summer arrives, CSIS gathered Nancy Youssef, David Ignatius, and Jon Alterman to take stock of what has changed since the Arab Spring began. CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderated the discussion, which covered U.S. engagement in Libya, the internal tensions in Syria, the aftermath in Egypt, and the shifting attitudes toward U.S. leadership in the Persian Gulf.
Nancy Youssef, chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, disparaged the conditions on the ground in Libya, saying the military situation makes it the hardest place from which she’s reported. Ms. Youssef argued that Libya might offer the best preconditions for revolution, but questioned whether NATO intervention had given the rebels false hope.
David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post, called Syria the most dangerous place in the Middle East. If Assad goes, he said, the consequences for Iran would be substantial. He argued that Syria is heartbreaking because the corrupt dictatorial regime sits atop a deep cultural and intellectual history.
Jon Alterman, director of the CSIS Middle East Program, warned about the danger inherent in a post-conflict Libya. He said the United States needs to plan for a sudden shift in the situation, like Qaddafi’s removal from power. He also warned that the Gulf States are losing confidence in U.S. judgment, given the minimal progress in Egypt since popular revolt toppled the Mubarak regime.