Syria Update With Tim Schorn

Feb 25, 2020

In The Moment ... February 25, 2020 Show 760 Hour 2

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 1

Over the weekend ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was located and targeted in a U.S. Special Forces raid. What changes for ISIS? How does al-Baghdadi's death affect the region?

Tim Schorn, director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, visits about the big picture, including U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

News: Oct 19 - 25

Oct 25, 2019

South Dakota has settled the “riot-boosting” lawsuit, USD’s Director of International Studies talks Syria, Ranchers talk cattle prices, and SDPB's Lee Strubinger discusses state-controlled substance laws.

All this and more in this week’s In the Moment news podcast.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 22, 2019 Show 684 Hour 2

When things aren't right in the Middle East we turn to Tim Schorn, Ph.D., Director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota.

Schorn joins In The Moment with the latest news and potential impacts of the U.S. withdrawal of troops in Syria.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 2, 2019 Show 486 Hour 1

Tim Schorn is director of international studies and associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota. He joins us today to discuss the decision that President Trump has made to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 16, 2018 Show 316 Hour 1

The United States, the UK and France targeted the Basher Al-Assad regime in Syria over the weekend. According to the U.S. Air Force, two B1 Bombers from the Ellsworth 347th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fired 19 joint air to surface standoff missiles during the attacks.

Tim Schorn is director of international studies and associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.

Robin Shulman

Freelance journalist Robin Shulman of New York City comes to South Dakota State University for the Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting visit. Her lecture is called "In Canada, People Like You & Me Can Sponsor Syrian Refugees. Here's What Happens." Shulman talks about her work covering immigration, poverty, urban policy, and other issues in U.S. cities, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

FRONTLINE brings you "Children of Syria" tonight on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about telling the truth and making art amidst the rubble and hope of the human experience.

Dr. Tim Schorn, Director, International Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science/International Studies at the University of South Dakota.  

Courtesy of Frontline

After the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Iraqi forces had vastly outnumbered the militants, but showed no will to fight. Iraqi officials responded by blaming the U.S. for not delivering crucial weapons.

When President Obama first ran for office, he campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and keeping the U.S. out of new military conflicts. But now his administration is trying to defeat the ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria without dragging the U.S. into a prolonged regional conflict.

Reese Erlich

President Obama is expected to ask Congress this week for authorization for the use of military force to fight the militant group ISIS. Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich says the authorization is an example of mission creep and he hopes Congress votes it down.

Saul Loeb/AP

In an address to the nation last night, President Obama outlined his administration’s strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. He announced a broad campaign that includes American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advises to Iraq.

During his 14-minute speech, the President sought to dispel concerns that the U.S. was repeating the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said that he would not send combat troops into the conflict. The operation will also involve Saudi Arabia hosting the training of Free Syrian Army militia.

Dakota Midday: Syria - War or Diplomacy?

Sep 10, 2013

President Obama addresses the American people from the White House Tuesday evening to make his case for congressionally-approved military strikes on Syria. The President is calling for a limited military strike on Syria for the country’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Meanwhile Syria said that it has accepted Russia’s proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling. France said it would draft a U.N. Security Council resolution to put the plan into effect. Tuesday morning a bipartisan group of eight U.S.

Thune Undecided On Syria

Sep 5, 2013

U.S. Senator John Thune says at this point he is undecided whether the U.S. should strike Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack there.

Thune faced a crowd of people at a town hall meeting in Rapid City--many of whom expressed opposition to U.S. intervention in Syria.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

Former SD Senator Opposes Force Against Syria

Sep 5, 2013

President Barrack Obama is seeking congressional approval of a resolution authorizing limited strikes in retaliation for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.  James Abourezk, who served in Congress from 1971-1979, is against the use of force by the United States.  Abourezk joined Dakota Midday Thursday at the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Israeli Midwest Consul General In Sioux Falls

Aug 22, 2013

Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, is visiting South Dakota this week to discuss issues related to the United States' relationship with Israel, including peace talks with the Palestinians and the unrest in Egypt.  As Israel's highest ranking official in the Midwest, Gilad is responsible for 11 states in the region.  He's based out of Chicago.  He joined Dakota Midday from South Dakota Public Broadcasting's studios in Sioux Falls.

Syria Behind The Lines

Apr 10, 2013

In the rural heartland of Syria's countryside, the bloody uprising against President Bashar Al Assad has taken a turn.  In the FRONTLINE documentary "Syria Behind the Lines," which aired Tuesday night on SDPB-TV, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria's sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effects of a religious feud that is shaping Syria's future.