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Syria’s Fragmented Future

Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow at the The Washington Institute for Near East Policy joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Washington DC to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Today White House Spokesman Jay Carney made the administration’s legal case for a military attack against Syria, noting 189 countries across the globe have signed on to prohibit the use of chemical weapons. Should the administration pursue a military response, Carney said “the options that we are considering are not about regime change.”

Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, lived in Syria for seven years. Tabler joined Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss the post-Civil War prospects for Bashar Assad’s regime.

“It’s completely different from the old regime which was more predictable and ultimately brought stability to the country,” he said. “What we are going to have instead are three Syrias, one controlled by the regime, one with the Sunni Arab forces and one with the opposition forces and the Kurds.”

“This war,” Tabler said, “is not going to end — no matter what happens — in the next few days.”

Watch more NewsHour reports on the crisis in Syria. Editor’s note: Starting Sept. 7, the PBS NewsHour is expanding its family, adding a “PBS NewsHour Weekend” newscast on Saturdays and Sundays. The 30-minute show will be anchored by NewsHour senior correspondent Hari Sreenivasan.

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