03 Jan 2017

We heard from Francesco Mancini, conflict resolution expert and former senior director of the International Peace Institute, about how to make sense of the Syrian conflict. The recent developments of the peace agreement for Syria that Russia brokered with Turkey and Iran, the subsequent assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, and the bombing in Berlin raise questions about the role and influence of Russia in the Middle East, how the new U.S. Administration will view this, and how governments can address and pre-empt terrorism at its root. Mancini is Assistant Dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and teaches international conflict analysis and resolution.

Q1. It's harvest time for Russia in the Middle East - what do you mean by that?

How would you expect the next U.S. administration to react to the unprecedented Russian dominance in the region?

Q2. Does the UN have teeth? What does its role in Syria speak of its influence in the region.

Q3. How do we effectively address terrorism?

Video editing was done by Waiyin Tang, senior executive at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.