This would mark the first time an Obama administration cabinet-level official visited the camps, the Associated Press reported, many of whom have questioned U.S. support for the opposition efforts.
U.S. and EU aid have quelled the immediate crisis facing the Jordanian towns near the refugee camps, says Pierini, though he worries about what would happen if the "extremely brutal" regime moved an offensive into the southern reaches of his country. Assad's piecemeal approach of systematically targeting his own people has largely taken place in middle and northern regions of Syria.
"The main issue is if, at one point, the regime decides to retake cities in the southern areas, inevitably you'll have an extra influx of refugees into Jordan," says Pierini. "You could possibly have some security disturbances."
"That is the main worry," he says.