The Syrian Civil War is now two and a half years old. Over 100,000 Syrians have been killed, two million have become refugees and the violence looks increasingly likely to draw in the country's neighbours. Nevertheless, until recently, the United States has resisted becoming directly involved in the conflict. Why hasn't the Obama Administration played a more active role in Syria? Is it likely to become increasingly involved? An expert panel of US Studies Centre academics and special guest Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, discussed these pressing strategic, political and humanitarian questions.