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The Exchange

The Situation Becomes Even More Serious in Syria


We’ll sit down with a panel of local experts on Syria and the surrounding region.  As rebels and government forces to battle it out, defections are occurring almost daily, and civilians are fleeing to other countries, creating a refugee problem.   We’ll explore the background of this conflict…and the debate over what the U.S. response should be. 


  • Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.
  • Lou Salome, a Syrian American and long-time former war correspondent living in Portsmouth. Salome has reported throughout the Middle East, including in Syria, and is the author of “Violence, Veils, and Bloodlines: Reporting from War Zones
  • Sarwar Kashmeri , senior fellow in the International Security Program of the Atlantic Council and author of Nato 2.0: Reboot or Delete?