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American Foreign Policy in Syria

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There is an increasingly growing global controversy about whether the United States should intervene in the Syrian conflict, and whether this intervention should be military or strategic. The U.S. has recently avoided interfering militarily in Syria or providing the rebels with direct support, but admitted the presence of the Syrian opposition.
However, the U.S. has been criticized for its non-intervention policy, especially with the rise in the level of violence and the spread of conflict to other areas of the country, and even to its borders with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
The Syrian Crisis began almost three years ago. Since then, the killings, the bombings and the fleeing haven’t stopped. Obama’s administration was blamed for letting the Assad regime, which is an Alawite minority, tyrannize its Sunni people who are a majority, for all this time, and for allowing the radical jihadist power, a part of the opposition, to benefit from the uprising.
At the same time, there are many important domestic political concerns that justify Obama’s non-interventionist policy. But the use of chemical weapons, an issue President Obama tackled in his State of the Union address, impelled the U.S. government to take a serious position against the regime supported by both Russia and Iran.
Unlike the other Arab spring revolutions, such as in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, the Syrian Civil War takes a place of its own in today’s political world. It brought back the Cold War ghosts, and reasserted the tension between the U.S. and Russia, because a big part of the American policy in Syria is a result of getting in a direct confrontation between the two strong powers.
U.S. Policy in Syria
On one hand, the U.S. government needs to act in Syria to avoid th...

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...ential no-fly zones along the borders with its NATO allies.
The Syrian fate in the next few months and maybe years will be in the hands of big powers like U.S. and Russia that have yet to decide on a peaceful attempt that can, not end the war, but give the Syrian people who primarily need extensive humanitarian and economic assistance, a ray of hope, “as the longer battle begins to build a viable and democratic post-Assad Syria at peace with the region and the world.” (Boot, 2012)

Works Cited

Boot, M. F. (2012, December). What Should U.S. Policy Be in Syria? Retrieved from Council on Foreign Relations: http://www.cfr.org/syria/should-us-policy-syria/p29638
Walt, S. M. (2014, February 18). Is the United States Playing "Small Ball"? Retrieved from Foreign Policy: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/02/18/is_the_united_states_playing_small_ball_foreign_policy
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