Content from the Brookings Doha Center is now archived. In September 2021, after 14 years of impactful partnership, Brookings and the Brookings Doha Center announced that they were ending their affiliation. The Brookings Doha Center is now the Middle East Council on Global Affairs, a separate public policy institution based in Qatar.
The U.S. has pledged financial and other non-lethal support for rebel factions now engaged in a two-year long civil war with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime. As the death toll mounts and conditions become more dangerous, there are many who question whether America is doing enough. Fellow Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center, says the situation is critical and notes that the Syrian people need more than simply “biscuits and band aids” they need U.S. leadership.