Twitter Chat: Where does the conflict in Syria stand?

BY Bridget Shirvell  February 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM EDT
Civilians wait to be evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs by United Nations staff on Feb. 9, 2014. Photo by Bassel Tawil/AFP/Getty Images

Civilians wait to be evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs by United Nations staff on Feb. 9, 2014. Photo by Bassel Tawil/AFP/Getty Images

For more than two years Syria has been in the midst of a civil war. The conflict has been in and out of the news since peaceful protests during the Arab Spring of 2011 triggered a violent backlash against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In the new series “Trendlines,” PBS NewsHour and Al-Monitor examine the prospects of ending the civil war in “Syria After Geneva 2,” which premieres on the NewsHour website Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. EST.

Before the debut of “Trendlines,” Ali Hashem, a contributor to Al-Mointor.com and chief correspondent for Al-Mayadeen TV network, Edward Dark, a Syrian columnist for Al-Monitor, Steven Heydemann, the vice president of applied research on conflict at the United States Institute of Peace and Joshua Landis, director of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma will take questions during the weekly Twitter Chat on Feb. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Tweet us questions using the #newshourchats or by leaving them in the comments below and join us on Twitter for the discussion or by watching the conversation below.