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To Respond to Syria, the U.S. Needs a Clear Military Strategy | Opinion

Zachary Laub
To Respond to Syria, the U.S. Needs a Clear Military Strategy | Opinion

This article originally appeared on Council on Foreign Relations. As the Trump administration deliberates military action to respond to apparent nerve gas attacks in Syria, debate is surging over the merits of punitive strikes. Mona Yacoubian, a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, warns that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is unlikely to be deterred from future attacks by anything less than force that rattles his regime. With President Trump signaling military action, what options are likely on the table?