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Dilemmas of Military Intervention in Syria

April 30, 2013

202 Barrows

Mahmood Monshipouri, San Francisco State University

The genocide convention, human rights law, and now the responsibility to protect (RtoP) have yet to overcome geostrategic prudence and considerations of the big powers, whose collective action and political will is needed for the military intervention in the name of humanitarian cause.  The case ofSyriais no different, as its complexity and fragile sectarian mosaic present a myriad of challenges to the international community to act.  Where national and regional anticipated costs of intervention are seen as high, protecting the civilians from atrocities is not the paramount priority.  Human rights are not above politics; neither are they above national concern with the expected utility of intervention.   What is the solution: diplomacy, sanctions, or mediation?