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The Syrian War is the most deadly conflict we’ve seen in the 21st Century so far.
And with 12 million Syrians displaced since 2011 and world powers intervening on all sides – it’s far from a regional problem. The Syrian War is a crisis with ramifications that reach across the globe.
Now in its seventh year, the conflict that began during the Arab Spring has become appallingly complex. The involvement of world and regional powers has served to intensify and prolong the hostilities, turning Syria into a proxy battleground, and casting the possibility of peace further into the distance.
For this Fifth Estate event at the Melbourne Writers Festival, join the Independent’s revered correspondent Robert Fisk for a panel discussion of foreign political involvement in the region. How are the interventions of world and regional powers exacerbating the conflict? Who are the various rebel groups involved and what are their activities in other parts of the region? How are global dynamics shifting – and are we witnessing the collapse of American power in the Middle East?
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
For 41 years, author and broadcaster Robert Fisk has been a Middle East correspondent based in Beirut, first for the Times of London and then, since 1989, for the Independent. He has reported from most of the region’s wars over the past four decades, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979), the Iranian revolution, the Iran–Iraq war (1980–88), the Lebanese civil war, the Algerian civil war, and today, the Syrian war.
He has written eyewitness accounts of the US invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 (and the subsequent occupation), numerous Israeli invasions of Lebanon, and the Arab revolutions in 2011. He is the author of two bestselling histories of the Middle East – Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation – and is currently writing Night of Power, the story of the Arab world since 2005.
Timothy J. Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in American Politics at the University of Melbourne.
His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland, After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy, a winner of the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and a best-selling international security text, and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion.
He is editor-in-chief of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, and the convenor of the Ten Great Books Melbourne Masterclass. A Fulbright Scholar, Tim holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston College, Massachussetts.
Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.
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