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What the World Left Behind in Syria

Assad’s latest violent attempt to wrest control over the country has left millions of displaced Syrians with nowhere to go.


Episode Notes

Even though Kareem Shaheen left Syria a few years back, the reminders of his time there are everywhere. For nine years a brutal conflict has left millions seeking refuge with millions more still stuck in limbo. This past December, the Assad regime launched its latest attempt to seize back control of the largest rebel-held territory in Syria: Idlib.

Today on the show, Kareem tells us about Idlib, its importance in the war, his experience covering the region, and what the world turning its on this conflict tells us about the international order today.

Guest: Kareem Shaheen, a journalist and columnist covering Syria.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.