"If the Obama administration wants to send a message to Assad that he accurately understands, the United States must provide not only a credible response to his recent use of chemical weapons but also make him believe that response is part of a larger strategy to compel him to stop slaughtering his own people—by any means," CFR's Robert Danin writes in the Washington Post.
"In order to dislodge the Assad regime's premier fighting forces—the Fourth Armored Division and the Republican Guard—the Arab League should assemble an Arab army of 75,000 to 100,000 men to take up positions along Jordan's border with Syria—a potential staging ground for an invasion," write Nawaf Obaid and Jamal Khashoggi in the New York Times.
"As with other post–Cold War atrocities, the use of chemical weapons has led to calls for the United States to 'do something' to stop the perpetrators. Yet exactly what that something should be—which would not make things worse, not cost too much in blood and treasure, and not have unanticipated consequences—is utterly unclear," writes Richard K. Betts in Foreign Affairs.
Australia's New PM Tackles Economic Issues
Incoming prime minister Tony Abbott, who won Australian elections on Saturday, said his administration would move quickly to reduce taxes and boost a slowing economy as the country's mining boom fades (WSJ).
AFGHANISTAN: A drone strike in Kunar province killed up to sixteen people while a Taliban assault in Wardak killed four intelligence officers and wounded 120 people, Afghan officials said Sunday, highlighting ongoing risks for civilians (NYT).
Egypt's Activists Fear Military Crackdown
Egypt's pro-democracy activists fear the country's military-backed government will expand its crackdown beyond the Islamist allies of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi to include anyone who opposes military rule (Guardian).
CFR's John Campbell expands on the ICC charges and debate in this blog post.
SUDAN: A Sudanese jet fighter bombed a South Sudanese military barracks on Saturday, killing a soldier and his wife (Sudan Tribune). The attack follows a week of bilateral talks between the two countries.
British Banking Expert Questions Capital Levels
Sir John Vickers, the chief architect behind Britain's banking-regulation reforms, said lenders should double their tier-one capital ratios to 20 percent (FT). New Basel III rules will allow banks to have higher leverage multiples which Vickers said is "not very sensible."
RUSSIA: Sergei Sobyanin, President Vladimir Putin's former chief of staff, won the Moscow mayoral election with just over 50 percent of the vote—enough to avoid a runoff. Challenger Alexei Navalny disputed the results (BBC).