With Syria chemical attack, another Obama foreign policy deal fails hard

Apr 13, 2017

Associate Director Paul D. Miller argues in The Hill that policymakers and scholars should pay renewed attention to the 2013 agreement under President Obama whereby Syria agreed to let the UN monitor its chemical weapons. 


He writes, "lost in the debate over President Donald Trump’s decision last week to order a missile strike against the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria is the uncomfortable but obvious fact that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had not given up his chemical weapons." Dr. Miller believes that this revelation should prompt policymakers and scholars to reassess President Obama's foreign policy legacy in the Middle East, particularly on the issue of Syria and Iran. 
 
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