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Former ambassador discusses Middle East

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 01:02

“The public is dead set against boots on the ground in Syria,” Hill said.

Though he was no friend of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president accused of massacring civilians, Hill said negotiation with him is necessary.

“This not a question of lining up with people you like, it’s about whose there and then you have to settle,” he said.

Last month, talks began in Geneva between the Assad regime and the opposition leaders who wish to replace the regime with a peaceful government. 

It is within the interest of the U.S. to act as moderator, he said. The civil war could spread to neighboring countries and worsen a problem the rest of the world would not be able to ignore.

Hill’s lecture fee was paid by USF’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.

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