Aftandilian Publishes OpEd on Obama’s Syria Policy


Gregory Aftandilian, Lecturer at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, published a recent Op-Ed on the criticism of President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria.

The July 3, 2016 Op-Ed, entitled “Obama Faces Growing Criticism on Syria,” was published in The Arab Weekly

From the text of the article:

Despite criticism from members of the US Con­gress and within the US State Department, US President Barack Obama is unlikely to change his Syria poli­cy, even in the face of stymied dip­lomatic talks and defiance by the Syrian regime.

Obama apparently believes that more robust military action in Syria carries more risks than benefits and this remains his guiding philoso­phy.

In the interview Obama gave to Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine, the president hinted that he was frustrated by US Secretary of State John Kerry’s and Vice-Pres­ident Joe Biden’s urging for more action in Syria. Kerry admitted to Goldberg that he has more of a bias towards action than Obama but suggested that does not hurt his re­lationship with the president.

You can read the entire Op-Ed here.

Aftandilian spent over 21 years in government service, most recently on Capitol Hill where he was foreign policy adviser to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (2007-2008), professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and foreign policy adviser to Senator Paul Sarbanes (2000-2004), and foreign policy fellow to the late Senator Edward Kennedy (1999). Learn more about him here.