DATE: August 9, 2013. TIME: 7:30p to 9:00p EST
Intelligence Squared and the Aspen Strategy Group partner to present a debate asking "When it comes to Syria, does the U.S. have a ‘dog in the fight’?" There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead has topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad’s use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests? Author & ABC News Correspondent John Donvan will moderate a debate between Chertoff Group Principal & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Richard Falkenrath and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans Graham Allison versus former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Aspen Strategy Group Director R. Nicholas Burns and former British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald.