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Slaughter: U.S. Not in Position to Use Force in Syria

Interviewee: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department
Interviewer: Isobel Coleman, Director, Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, CFR
May 11, 2011

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department discusses the actions taken by international actors in Libya, and why the same measures cannot be taken in Syria. Slaughter called the situation in Syria "heartbreaking" and said "it looks like in many ways it looks like this government might get away with the same kind of brutality that we saw 20 years ago." However, she argued that while the U.S. is doing everything in its power diplomatically, it is not in a position to use force in Syria.


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