Fletcher Panel: Policy Options for Syria

by Forum Staff on September 17, 2013

On September 16, 2013, a panel of Fletcher faculty members came together to discuss policy options for the international community regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis and conflict in Syria.

The panel was moderated by Eileen Babbitt, Professor of International Conflict Management Practice and Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at The Fletcher School.

The panelists include the following faculty members from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy:

Antonia Chayes, Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law
Michael Glennon, Professor of International Law
Ian Johnstone, Academic Dean and Professor of International Law
Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor

This event was put on in sponsorship with The Fletcher Diplomacy Club, The Al Nakhlah Journal on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization, The Human Rights Project, Fletcher Students in Security, and the Institute for Human Security.

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1 Blake Narendra September 18, 2013

A great discussion. To Professor Rouhana’s point on U.S. use of White Phosophorus in Iraq, as it is an incendiary that does not “cause death, temporary incapitation, or permanent harm” [Art. 2(2) of CWC].

It would also have been useful to include a panelist who could speak to the possible military options that the U.S. was set to employ before the diplomatic breakthrough. A question asked of them could be whether the drive to avoid force was due to an assessment that striking the command and control/delivery-systems of CW would achieve the “deter and degrade” objective. Also, whether the Administration deliberately used threats as coercive diplomacy (which Professor Chayes pointed out was illegal) or if it was as impulsive as it appeared during Secretary Kerry’s press conference.

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