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Klaus Segbers Interview with RBB Inforadio

The Syrian Civil War is complex and presents a challenge for intervention. Image: Wikipedia.

The Syrian Civil War is complex and presents a challenge for intervention. Image: Wikipedia.

Prof. Klaus Segbers has given an interview on the Syrian Civil War to RBB Inforadio

News from Nov 25, 2015

Center for Global Politics Program Director Prof. Klaus Segbers yesterday gave an interview to German broadcaster RBB’s ‘Inforadio’ program. Segbers was asked to weigh in on the latest developments in the Syrian Civil War by the program’s host.

Responding to a question about why the US has been so reluctant to intervene more seriously in Syria, Segbers characterized Obama’s approach as “careful”. Due to past experience containing the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama sees military intervention not as the silver bullet of his predecessors. As well, he explained that a potentially hostile US Congress has made it harder to for the US President to act in a decisive fashion on the Syrian problem.

When asked about whether, following the Paris Attacks, French President Francois Hollande would be able to effectively form a coalition between Russia and the West against ISIS, Segbers remained pessimistic. He pointed out that the regional crisis, which the Syrian Civil War is just one part of, is hugely complicated, with large divides between Sunni and Shia countries, and now additional problems caused by the shoot-down of a Russian jet by Turkey. Within this environment, Segbers said that he believes it to be unknown whether Obama could be drawn into a more decisive intervention, especially considering his belief that ‘boots on the ground’, will eventually translate into body bags back home.

The entire interview (in German) can be heard at the link below:

Warum die USA so zögerlich agieren | Inforadio - Besser informiert.