Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright joins other panelists Dennis Ross and Kim Ghattas on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss  U.S. leverage in Syria and America's role in the Middle East.

“Because Syria is the strategic center of the Middle East with huge influence on what happens to many of its neighbors and all of our allies, that if you get involved in trying to put the opposition in power, then you have to go in afterwards and bear responsibility for creating an alternative. And this is where it's quite interesting. The Russian objection to doing more on Syria is in part because no one's defined what's next,” said Robin Wright.

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