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The Collapse of American Power in the Middle East


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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

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

Robert Fisk

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 (1... Read more

Timothy Lynch

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 ... Read more


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