On Dec. 19, 2018, President Trump unexpectedly announced that U.S. would withdraw its troops from Syria. To date, the U.S. has deployed around 2,000 troops to Syria, many of them Special Forces members and trainers, for the sake of combating the Islamic State.
Nicholas Norberg is an AM student in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he worked at Dataminr as an analyst focused on Turkey, the MENA region, and extremism. He holds a BA in Linguistics from Georgetown University, where he studied Arabic and Turkish.
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As new U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen prepares to assume his position on January 7, it is an opportune time to revisit the Syrian constitutional drafting effort and its role within the larger Syrian peace process. The constitutional committee was a central goal of Pedersen’s predecessor, Staffan de Mistura, who announced his resignation as the U.N.’s Syria Envoy in October.