A White House spokesman says President Obama is considering sending humanitarian aid to Syrians, while at the same time ramping up pressure against President Bashar Assad. Growing sectors of the Syrian population have mounted demonstrations against the Assad regime, sparking violent government crackdowns resulting in thousands of deaths. The U.S. and several Gulf countries have closed their embassies and recalled their diplomats. We discuss the next steps in the region.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and senior director for policy planning of the State Department under George W. Bush
Cole Bockenfeld, director of advocacy for the Project on Middle East Democracy
Hisham Ahmed, professor of politics at St. Mary's College of California
Mahmoud Khattab, medical doctor and chairman of the Syrian American Council