Video On Demand

Stabilizing Raqqa: Connecting Current Operations to U.S. Policy Objectives

February 5, 2018 • 9:30 – 11:00 am EST
CSIS invites you to join a panel discussion on local Syrian and Coalition stabilization efforts in Raqqa featuring experts from USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and CSIS. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Coalition forces drove ISIS from its self-proclaimed caliphate capital in Raqqa in 2017. Enduring security in ISIS-cleared areas now depends on local governance and restoration of services. Following a recent visit to Raqqa, Syria by Ambassador Mark Green, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and General Joseph Votel, Commander of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), panel speakers will discuss the importance of stabilization efforts in Raqqa and the challenges of connecting current operations with U.S. policy objectives.

The event is co-hosted by the CSIS International Security Program and the Project on Prosperity and Development.

Additional panelists to be announced.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.
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Erol Yayboke
Director, Project on Fragility and Mobility and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Karen Decker

Director, Syria Transition and Response Team, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Maria Longi

Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development

Mark Swayne

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Robert Jenkins

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Melissa Dalton