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Why Airstrikes in Syria Are Just the Beginning

Brian Katulis writes on the future implications of conducting airstrikes in Syria.

Coalition airstrikes in Syria mark a significant shift in the Obama administration’s Middle East policy and overall national security strategy. These actions are just the opening barrages in a new and complicated battle that will require more than military action. A broad international and regional coalition will be needed, as President Barack Obama stressed in his statement Tuesday morning.

Advancing stability in the region and combating Islamic State militants will require a multifaceted effort involving diplomacy, strategic communications, and coordinated intelligence and law-enforcement efforts.

President Obama has outlined a sophisticated policy operating on many levels. With few compelling alternatives being put forth, the president’s plan is the only game in town. But every action will provoke a reaction–and it’s impossible to predict the impact of the strikes on the tenuous situation in the Middle East.

The above excerpt was originally published in Washington Wire. Click here to view the full article.

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 (Brian Katulis)

Brian Katulis

Former Senior Fellow