Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H. R. McMasters.
After the strikes, diplomacy is necessary – Anthony Blinken.
Striking at Assad carries opportunities and risks for Trump – David Sanger.
What effect will Trump’s airstrikes really have? – Daniel Byman.
Trump’s attack on Syria – the good, the bad, and the ugly – Ryan Evans.
The issues that make dealing with the mess in Syria so difficult – Robert Farley.
Explaining nerve agents – Dan Kaszeta. More about the institutional means necessary for them – Kelsey Atherton.
Transcript of Trump’s statement and video. I found Trump’s invocation of God, the word used three times in the speech, strange. He also asked us to pray for the souls of the dead and for God to bless the whole world. I’ve never been comfortable with presidents invoking God’s blessing on the United States, and this is more presumptuous, both to whatever God Trump believes in and to the beliefs of the rest of the world. Praying for the dead is a mostly Catholic practice, even narrower than asking for God’s blessing.
This is an oldie-but-goodie article on the idea that macho posturing in the international arena confers “credibility”, which serves to deter bad actors. It doesn’t.
Will add more articles below the jump as they appear.
If Assad has been hiding chemical weapons, we need to know. By the chief inspector for the 2014 removal of chemical weapons from Syria. Unfortunately, Russia is protecting Assad and is unlikely to agree. And yes, it’s likely Assad has been hiding nerve agents. Photo from that link. What can forensics tell us about the attacks? Read More
How would North Korea develop its nuclear arsenal? The fact that they continue nuclear testing suggests that they started from a relatively primitive design that they are trying to improve.
Monday and Tuesday, March 20 and 21, I attended the
Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. It’s the latest in a series of conferences held every other year. It was, like the three others I’ve attended, a lot of work and a lot of fun. Read More