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Great Power Rivalry in Syria

Great Power Rivalry in Syria

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  • Tue 25 Aug ’15, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama


All Ages

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Selwyn Community Education, based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

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Prof Robert G Patman, Tuesday 25 August 2015, 7.30 – 8.30 pm.

Great Power Rivalry and the Obama Administration’s Policy toward Syria 2011-2014

By most standards, the record of the Obama administration’s policy towards the Syrian uprising has been decidedly mixed. While the administration avoided embroiling America in another Middle East conflict, it has not been able to stabilise what is a bloody civil war. In particular, the Obama administration has failed to broker a diplomatic solution and prevent the conflict from spilling over to Iraq through the rise of ISIS. Two countries – Russia and Iran – have played a significant part in frustrating Obama’s policy toward Syria, but there is little evidence to support the claim that Obama’s ‘weakness’ fuelled Russian and Iranian support for the brutal Assad regime in Damascus.

Professor Robert G Patman is HOD of Politics at the University of Otago. His research interests concern US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers and the Horn of Africa. He is an editor for the journal International Studies Perspectives, and the author or editor of 11 books. Recent publications include a volume called Strategic Shortfall: The 'Somalia Syndrome' and the March to 9/11 (Praeger, 2010) and three co-edited books titled: The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (Ashgate, 2012); China and the International System: Becoming a World Power (Routledge, 2013); and Science Diplomacy: New Day or False Dawn? (World Scientific Publishers, 2014). He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, an Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Command and Staff College, Trentham, and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events.

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