Political Scientists on Syria

by Erik Voeten on August 28, 2013 · 3 comments

in International Security

  • Ian Hurd has an interesting op-ed in the New York Times today on the various legal aspects of a possible Syrian intervention (I assume that the NYT editorial staff made up the inflammatory title). Charli Carpenter has a slightly different, and in my view more persuasive, take.

  • Jonathan Mercer has an insightful piece in Foreign Affairs on the folly of going to war for the sake of reputation.

  • Stephen Walt argues in the NYT Room for Debate that whether Syria used chemical weapons should not affect U.S. policy.

  • Peter Feaver offers an explanation for why Assad would launch a chemical attack.

I am sure there is more. Please add in comments.

{ 3 comments }

Barry Hollander August 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

To be persnickety, that would be an inflammatory headline, not title. If you’re gonna be WaPo, gotta get the lingo down.

Fred Jenkins August 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

The intelligence so far seems to be coming from the Israelis and the US Intelligence establishment – both of which have their own agendas. (Remember the WMD ‘intelligence’ on Iraq?) And it is likely that in order to ‘punish’ Assad for killing his own people, we will kill more of them. It is unlikely that we will target Assad himself and the upper 1% of the Syrian population as that would invite and justify retaliation in kind. I suspect the Israelis (and US intelligence?) are afraid Assad is winning the civil war and want an attack to prolong the conflict so as to weaken both sides. The chemical weapons are just a convenient excuse. I hope that I am wrong and I am very willing to consider evidence to the contrary.

Andreas Moser August 29, 2013 at 3:43 am

Due to how the UN has been set up, as long as we have at least one of the P5 countries on board, we don’t need any UN mandate because these countries can block any condemnation of military intervention with their veto: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/un-approval-for-military-intervention/

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