By Teresa Welsh |
More than a year after the Tunisian uprising kicked off the Arab Spring, Syrians seeking to overthrow authoritarian leader Bashar al-Assad face an increasingly violently crackdown from his regime. As many as 7,000 Syrians have died in the fighting since last March. However, outside efforts to assist rebel forces have been complicated, most recently with Russia and China’s rejection of a United Nations Security Council resolution on the matter. Though Western intervention in Libya was deemed largely successful in bringing down its dictator Muammar Qadhafi, many wonder whether such a tack is feasible in Syria. The post-revolution instability in Egypt only adds to their concerns. Others claim that the United States has a moral imperative to step in to stop the escalating humanitarian crisis. Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether the United States should intervene in Syria.
Aaron David Miller Former Adviser to Republican and Democrat Secretaries of State
Brian Katulis Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress
Jamie M. Fly Former Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council
Ammar Abdulhamid Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
James Robbins Senior Fellow at the the American Foreign Policy Council