In thinking about possible outcomes of the Syrian revolution and civil war, it is helpful to place Syria in the broader context of the Levant states, all of which are deeply divided and weak. In this lecture, Prof. Joshua Landis (University of Oklahoma) will consider how the Turks, Iraqis, and Lebanese emerged from their efforts at revolution and civil war. These revolutions in Syria's direct neighborhood provide the surest guide to considering the possibilities for a unified Syrian national movement, the possibility of ethnic cleansing, and the possible future of the Alawite and Kurdish regions and how long war will last.

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