The United States and its partners should conduct contingency planning about possible threats, however likely or not, in the wake of strikes.
The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons has altered the U.S. role in Syria, but the effect of this new role remains unclear.
Issue Brief The Syrian opposition is fragmented, and understanding these divisions is crucial for the Obama administration's efforts to shape its policy toward Syria and support a foundation for a cohesive future Syrian government.
The United States should insist on an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to investigate the reports of the Assad regime’s likely chemical-weapons use and further solidify and accelerate NATO planning on issues regarding Syria.
Additional support for the Syrian opposition and regional coordination are urgently needed.
The United States must continue acting on removing the Assad regime, but increased focus must also be given to plans for a post-Assad Syria.
Ken Sofer analyzes U.S. priorities in Syria and recommends options for U.S. policymakers to address these critical interests.
Haydn Welch says this is one step the United States can take now to help Syrians and also stop violence from spilling into Lebanon.