Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled from May 14 to May 27.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, please join us for an online Talks @ Pulitzer, as New Yorker contributing writer Luke Mogelson considers U.S. foreign policy revolving around Syria.
For his Pulitzer Center-supported project, "Abandoned," Mogelson spent a month in northern and eastern Syria, reporting on the fallout of U.S. disengagement from the country. For six years, the U.S. military had supported the Syrian Democratic Forces in its campaign to defeat ISIS.
Then the situation changed: Turkey attacked, President Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and the S.D.F. negotiated an accord with the Syrian regime and its patron, Russia, upending the strategic balance in the country.
A contributing writer at The New Yorker, Mogelson has also reported on the conflict in Iraq and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Between 2011 and 2014, he was based in Afghanistan for the New York Times Magazine.