Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

Hunkering down: a poster of Syria's president at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus.
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May 15, 2013 - CISAC In the News

Syria's chemical weapons could intensify civil war and regional instability

CISAC's Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer explains that when it comes to chemical weapons, Syria is no Iraq. The Assad regime's purported use of chemical weapons could have lasting effects in Syria and across the Middle East.

Writing in response to John Mueller's Foreign Policy piece, "Erase the Red Line," Braut-Hegghammer asserts that chemical weapons have lasting and devastating effects. Without a formal international response to the use of chemical weapons, Assad's regime could carry out larger and better coordinated attacks. These actions might not stay within Syria's borders; Israel has already taken pre-emptive measures.

Topics: Civil wars | Terrorism and counterterrorism | Israel | Middle East & North Africa | Syria