Paul Pillar on Iran and Syria

Remarks to the 70th Capitol Hill Conference

Middle East Policy Council

In this clip from our recent conference, Policy Choices for the New Administration, Paul Pillar, former National Intelligence Officer and a professor at Georgetown University, asserts that there is little the United States can do to productively shape events in Syria. Dr. Pillar advocates a more flexible negotiating posture with Iran that will explicitly offer sanctions relief for Iranian cooperation on the nuclear issue, but admits that all of this advice will be politically difficult to implement.

Please see below a full video of his comments from Wednesday, October 17 on Capitol Hill: