• Corpus ID: 152966136

Arms and Influence in Syria: The Pitfalls of Greater U.S. Involvement

  title={Arms and Influence in Syria: The Pitfalls of Greater U.S. Involvement},
  author={Erica D. Borghard},
  journal={National Security \& Foreign Relations Law eJournal},
  • Erica D. Borghard
  • Published 7 August 2013
  • Political Science
  • National Security & Foreign Relations Law eJournal
In the midst of growing public wariness about large-scale foreign interventions, the Obama administration has decided to arm the Syrian rebels. Those who call for increasing the scope of U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels argue that (1) arming the rebels is the cheapest way to halt a humanitarian catastrophe, hasten the fall of the Assad regime through a rebel military victory or a negotiated settlement, and allow the Obama administration to influence the broader direction of Syrian politics in a… 

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