Late this weekend, the White House announced that U.S. armed forces will leave the war-torn region of Northeastern Syria in order to make way for Turkish occupation. The move came suddenly after a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and the President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan.
Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.
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- Writing: Describe the historic events that have descended the region into conflict. Name the key alliances and motivations that led the U.S. to leave the region.
- Debate: The decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria will result in regional destabilization.
- Poll: Do you think removing U.S. forces in the region without an exit strategy will cause more harm than good?
- Short Answer: What are the White House’s suspected motives behind this sudden policy move?
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