Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts For Expert Commentary on Syria’s Use of Sarin Gas

For Expert Commentary on Syria’s Use of Sarin Gas

  • April 25, 2013

For Expert Commentary on Syria’s Use of Sarin Gas

  • April 25, 2013

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is making its scholars available to provide expert commentary on the confirmation by U.S. intelligence officials that the Assad regime has been using chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

Edward Turzanski is the FPRI John Templeton Fellow and serves as Co-Chairman of FPRI’s Center for the Study of Terrorism.  Turzanski is also a Senior Scholar with the American Institute for History Education (AIHE).  He has extensive experience in the US intelligence community, with service in the Middle East and Central Asia.  Since 9-11, he has appeared regularly on more than four-dozen media outlets throughout North America offering commentary on national security, intelligence and terror-related issues.

Barak Mendelsohn is an FPRI Senior Fellow, and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College, where he teaches courses on Jihadi movements and on the Middle East. He is author of Combating Jihadism: American Hegemony and International Cooperation in the War on Terrorism (University of Chicago Press, 2009). He served in the Israeli army for five years and received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

Clint Watts is an FPRI Senior Fellow, and a consultant, researcher and trainer at Miburo Solutions, Inc. His research focuses on analyzing transnational threat groups operating in local environments on a global scale. Before starting at Mibruo Solutions, he served as a U.S. Army infantry officer, a FBI Special Agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and as the Executive Officer of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He is editor of the blog.

Andrew Spath is an FPRI Associate Scholar, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, where he also teaches courses on authoritarian regimes, Middle East politics and society, and Model United Nations. His current research examines the effects of leadership succession on the relationship between government and society in Jordan and Syria. Spath was awarded both a Fulbright fellowship and a David L. Boren fellowship for 2012-13 and is spending the year conducting research in Jordan.

FPRI Scholars can be reached at the following phone numbers and/or email addresses:






(215) 817-5187


(610) 551-4345


(845) 863-7923


About the Foreign Policy Research Institute

The Foreign Policy Research Institute was founded in Philadelphia in 1955 on the premise that “a nation should think before it acts,” as founder Robert Strausz-Hupe put it.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FPRI is  devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests. We add perspective to events by fitting them into the larger historical, cultural, geographical context of international politics.