Faysal Itani
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Charles Lister
Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
Author of The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Evolution of an Insurgency

Hassan Hassan
Resident Fellow, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Jennifer Cafarella
Lead Intelligence Planner
Institute for the Study of War

Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff
President and Co-Founder
People Demand Change LLP

Moderated by:
Margaret Brennan
Foreign Affairs and White House Correspondent
CBS News

Introductory Remarks by:
Dr. Nancy Okail
Executive Director
Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

As the Syrian civil war enters its sixth year, a new administration will take office with al-Qaeda growing stronger than ever in the heart of the Middle East. Syria will be a crucial arena as the incoming administration looks to push back against this growing power of the Salafi jihadist movement that is taking root in the Middle East.

Over the last six months, a rising generation of Syria, Middle East, and US national security analysts has regularly convened to design a strategy for the incoming administration to meet and overcome the threat from al-Qaeda in Syria. The culmination of their effort is the forthcoming report, Combating Al-Qaeda in Syria: A Strategy for the Next President, sponsored by the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Please join us on January 12, 2017 for a discussion with several of the authors of the report.

On Twitter? Follow @ACMideast and use #AQinSyria

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