Dr. Samer Abboud, assistant professor of history and international studies at Arcadia University, returned to WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Monday, Aug. 26, as a guest during a segment titled “Should we intervene in Syria?” He was joined by Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Allegations that the Syrian government killed hundreds of people with poisonous gas in an attack on opposition groups outside Damascus has sparked an outcry for international intervention. While President Assad’s government has denied the allegations, U.S. government officials have said there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used. President Obama has said in the past that chemical warfare in Syria was the “red line” for US involvement, so what should the United States do if chemical weapons were used? And what are the implications for Syria, the U.S. and the stability of the Middle East.
Listen to the conversation:
About Dr. Samer Abboud
Abboud received his Ph.D. in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, where he conducted research on the political economy of marketization in Syria. In his research and teaching, he explores a range of questions informing the fields of International Political Economy and International Relations, particularly in the context of the non-Western World.
He has written extensively on Syria’s political economy and is the co-author (with Benjamin J. Muller) of Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence (Ashgate). Abboud also serves as a Fellow at the Center for Syrian Studies in St. Andrew’s Scotland, and in 2013 will be a resident fellow in Berlin at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he was awarded a fellowship under their Arab Transformation Fellowship program.
He contributes to the Carnegie Middle East Center, a public policy think tank and research center based in Beirut, Lebanon.