Andrew J. Tabler is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute For Near East Policy, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. policy in the Levant. The cofounder and former editor-in-chief of Syria Today, Syria's first private-sector English-language magazine, Mr. Tabler achieved unparalleled long-term access to Bashar al-Asad's Syria. During fourteen years of residence in the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey), Mr. Tabler served, most recently, as a consultant on U.S.-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group (2008) and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2005-2007), writing on Syrian, Lebanese, and Middle Eastern affairs. His articles and opinion pieces on U.S. foreign policy have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. He has also appeared in interviews with CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, and the BBC. Mr. Tabler is author of In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria (Lawrence Hill Books, 2011) and “Syria’s Collapse” Foreign Affairs (July/August 2013).