The Obama Administration Reaches Out to Syria: Implications for Israel

By David Schenker

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), March 18, 2009

In early March, two senior U.S. officials traveled to Damascus for the highest-level bilateral meeting in years, part of the new administration's policy of "engagement." Based on Syria's track record, there is little reason to be optimistic that the Obama administration will succeed where others have failed. Damascus today remains a brutal dictatorship, which derives its regional influence almost exclusively through its support for terrorism in neighboring states and, by extension, through its 30-year strategic alliance with Tehran.

Topic: Political Behavior, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Policy, International Relations, Politics, Government

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Issue Briefs

Funder: Wechsler Family Foundation

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel , Syria , United States

Language: English

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Schenker, David. The Obama Administration Reaches Out to Syria: Implications for Israel. Jerusalem Issue Briefs. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 18 March 2009:


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