Syria

Op-Ed

Moral Obscenity, Global Red Line

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Julia Sweig argues that, while skepticism of military intervention is reasonable in normal times, the use of chemical weapons in Syria has changed the goalposts and demands action from the world. In spite of its painful memories of U.S. intervention in its own recent history, Latin America should invoke the doctrine of Responsibility while Protecting, and partner with Western leaders as a source of humanitarian aid and refugee assistance.

See more in Syria; Latin America and the Caribbean; Politics and Strategy; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights

Must Read

New Yorker: City of the Lost

Author: David Remnick

"Refugee camps are born of emergency and evolve into cities of dependency, bureaucracy, and static suffering. They rescue human beings, and then they warehouse them. They relieve the host country of the financial burden and diffuse it among the member states of the United Nations."

See more in Syria; Refugees and the Displaced

Ask CFR Experts

What is the worst-case scenario outcome in Syria, and how will it affect the rest of the Middle East?

Asked by David Karapetyan

Syria has been mired in deadly strife since March 2011 and the outlook for resolving what is now a full blown civil war looks increasingly dire. The worst case outcome for Syria is one whereby the country fragments and becomes a failed state in which the Damascus government no longer controls its own territory. Under such a scenario, the glue holding the country together comes unstuck.

Read full answer

See more in Syria; Wars and Warfare