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SYRIA CRISIS BRIEFING: A Collision Course for Intervention

Commentary, 25 July 2012
Global Security Issues, International Institutions, Middle East and North Africa
The Syrian crisis took a decisive new turn on 25 July. President Bashar al-Assad’s own future is now significantly less relevant to whatever will happen next in the country and external intervention, in some form, is now significantly more likely. In this Briefing, experts detail the risks and challenges of intervention in Syria. Our contributors delve further into the internal andexternal aspects of this conflict, offering a sobering assessment ofthe prospects for Syria and the region.

Free Syria Army Idlib February 2012 - Photo by tinyccSyriaFreedomThe Syrian crisis took a decisive new turn on 25 July. President Bashar al-Assad’s own future is now significantly less relevant to whatever will happen next in the country and external intervention, in some form, is now significantly more likely.

In this Briefing, experts detail the risks and challenges of intervention in Syria. Our contributors delve further into the internal and external aspects of this conflict, offering a sobering assessment ofthe prospects for Syria and the region.

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In this Briefing

Options for Intervention
Richard Kemp

Assessing a Ground Intervention in Syria
Michael Codner

Syrian Chemical Weapons Stocks: A Choice of Risks and Evils
Paul Schulte

Transition From Assad
Shashank Joshi

Regional Players Move In
Dr Jonathan Eyal

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Selected news coverage

FT.com - Syrian intervention - how, not whether it'll happen

Financial Times - Stakes are rising in the Syrian Civil war

Public Service - Syria 'likely to face cyber attack'

Daily Telegraph - Syria: West 'could deploy 300,000 troops following regime collapse'

BBC News - Syrian intervention is more likely, says UK think tank

The Guardian - Syria crisis: western troops 'increasingly likely' to intervene

Channel 4 News - London hosts Syria peace talks

Der Spiegel - Wie der Westen in Syrien heimlich Krieg führt

The National (UAE) - If intervention is 'inevitable', why is it already happening?

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - Syrian refugees simmer in Turkish camps

Hindustan Times/Reuters - Aleppo Battle Intensifies

International Business Times - Syria Civil War: 75,000 Troops Needed to Safely Dispose of Syria's Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Newstrack India - Western military intervention in Syria 'increasingly likely' to prevent conflict spreading to Arab

RiaNovosti - Generäle wenden sich von Assad ab - "Moskowskije Nowosti"

YeniSafak (Turkey) - Suriye'ye askeri müdahale yakýn mý?

CartaCapital (Brazil) - A nova Líbia?

Author

Jonathan Eyal
Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships

Dr Eyal is the Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships, and International Director, at the Royal United Services Institute... read more

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