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


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Red Lines Matter: Why We Should Care About Syria's Chemical Weapons

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer - Stanton Nuclear Security Jr. Faculty Fellow at CISAC

Published by
Foreign Affairs, May 7, 2013

Given that there are few appealing policy options for Syria, it might be tempting to downplay Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons and brush aside earlier rhetoric about red lines. But that would be a mistake: chemical weapons can kill thousands in a single day, their use becomes a national trauma, and their debilitating effects linger for decades.