Fri, 24 February 2017
Joshua Landis seemed destined to become one of America's foremost Syria specialists. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence in the middle east including Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Landis describes how spending some formative years in Beirut both as a child during the height of Beirut's cosmopolitan boom and later in his twenties during the Lebanese civil war, shaped how he understood his Syria civil war as it was unfolding.
Joshua Landis is someone I have turned to for many years to help me make sense of events in Syria and the broader middle east. He started his blog Syria Comment over ten years ago and has since become an oft cited expert on Syria and the civil war. He's a professor at the University of Oklahoma where he directs the center for middle east studies.