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Emile Hokayem discussed his new IISS Adelphi book Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant, which explores the internal dynamics of the Syrian crisis and the regional competition over the country’s future. While writing the book, he traveled regularly to Syria and the region, and met with senior Assad associates; rebel commanders and fighters; opposition leaders in exile; Western, Turkish and Arab government officials; and a variety of humanitarian and international leaders.
Prior to joining the Institute, Emile Hokayem was the Political Editor and International Affairs Columnist of the Abu Dhabi-based English-language newspaper on The National. From 2004 to 2008, he served as a resident fellow with the Henry L. Stimson Center’s Southwest Asia/Gulf program, researching strategic, security, and political issues in the Gulf and the Levant. He earned his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he focused on international security, US foreign policy, and the Middle East.
The discussion was moderated by Steven Simon, Executive Director, IISS-US and took place at IISS-US, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20037.