Monthly Archives: October 2013

Syria’s Compliance: A Litmus Test

Originally posted at the Penn Political Review Last week, Bashar Al-Assad made a major decision in allowing international inspectors to inspect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. The reaction of the international community to Assad’s compliance will play an important role in … Continue reading

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Force and the United Nations

Originally posted at the Penn Political Review United Nations Security Council As the international debate raged over intervention in Syria, one truth became increasingly clear—beneath all of the rhetoric, the international legal system is still run by Great Power politics.

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The Impact of Russia’s Play in Syria on the South Caucuses

Originally published at the Penn Political Review online blog When Vladimir Putin challenged Barack Obama’s willingness to enforce his “red line” of no chemical weapon usage in Syria, the international consensus hailed Russia as the clear winner of the confrontation. … Continue reading

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