President Assad and President Obama

President Assad and President Obama

Why did Assad Win? Was President Obama Correct to announce that “the time has come for President Assad to step aside” in Aug. 2011? What should the U.S. have done? Cite 4-5 sources minimum.


Make sure to use footnotes and to add a “List of Sources” at the end of your essay.

These papers should be grammatically and syntactically correct and without typographical errors. Include the question you are answering on the title page so both you and I will be sure which question you are addressing. Special attention will be given to the thesis paragraph. Make it succinct and preview how you will argue your paper. Always end with a concluding paragraph that sums up your argument.

Citations: Use footnotes, or what is called the “Notes and Bibliography” form of citation for your references (not the internal: “author date” style common in the social sciences). The first citation of a work should be complete and subsequent citations abbreviated. Read about how to use this form of citation at Quick Guide of the Chicago Manual of Style. Learn how to use footnotes (not endnotes on “Word.”

List of Sources: Be sure to add a “List of Sources” at the end of your essay, in which you list all the sources that you cite. Each article must be referenced in full. Consult the website of the Chicago Manual of Style to do this correctly. Make sure you cite internet sources correctly as well.



James Gelvin, The New Middle East, pp. 51-82.

Joshua Landis, Why Asad Is Likely to Survive to 2013. Middle East Policy, (19:1 Spring 2012) pp 72-85.

Aron Lund, The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist, Syrian Comment, 16 March 2013.

The No. 2 man at the CIA, Mike Morell, explains why the U.S. government fears the breakup of the state of Syria and the collapse of the central government. 60 Minutes, CBS (Sept. 15, 2013) “The Briefer: Ex-CIA No. 2 on Syria crisis

Joshua Landis, “America’s Failure — and Russia and Iran’s Success — in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War,” Interviewed by John Judis for TPM, January 10, 2017. [6]

“Libya’s civil war: The four-year descent from Arab spring to factional chaos,” Jan. 10, 2015. Economist.

“The Arab Winter,” The Economist, Jan 2016. Mark Lynch, The New Arab Order,” Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2018

Graham Allison, “The Myth of the Liberal Order: From Historical Accident to Conventional Wisdom, Foreign Affairs, Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Bacevich and Mearsheimer on U.S. Policy in the Middle East, Lobelog, January 2017.

Mark Lynch, “New Arab World Order,” Carnegie Endowment, Aug 2018.

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