Is Taking No Action An Option In Syria?

Apr 11, 2018

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was reportedly planning to withdraw troops from Syria. But after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country, the president isn’t considering whether to act in Syria, but how to act.

He’s promised a “forceful” response that could also include consequences for Iran and Russia. John Bolton, who has been hawkish about intervention, has begun work as National Security Advisor, but is the U.S. ready to respond again in the Middle East?

What if the action President Trump decides to take in Syria is … no action at all?


Secretary Madeleine Albright, Secretary of state in the Clinton administration; chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets; author of a new book, “Fascism: A Warning”

Faysal Itani, Senior fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council; an expert on Syria; @faysalitani

Amr Al-Azm, Professor of Middle East history and anthropology, Shawnee State University; former antiquities official in Syria; @alazmamr

Philip Gordon, Senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; former special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region from 2013–15

Gordon Adams, Distinguished fellow, The Stimson Center; professor emeritus, American University’s School of International Service; co-editor of “Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?”; former senior White House national security budget official in the Clinton administration; @Gadams1941

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