Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.
On Sunday, March 1st, Turkey declared war on the government of Bashar al-Assad, after at least 36 Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian and Russian artillery and airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib. The sharp escalation in tensions comes as Assads government closes in on Idlib, forcing tens of thousands of Syrians to flee towards the Turkish border. Over the weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also opened the borders for migrants and refugees to head towards Europe, apparently to put pressure on Europe and NATO to support his military operation. In this weeks salon, we will discuss the war and its human costs.
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