Video: Assad’s Chemical Attacks and the US Response: The Operational, Strategic, and Legal Context

On April 10, 2017, three international law and policy experts discussed the operational, strategic, and legal context of the recent Sarin gas attack on his own people by Bashar Assad of Syria and the response by US President Donald J. Trump, a missile strike against a Syrian airfield.

The standing-room-only, interdisciplinary audience heard from William C. Banks, Director, INSCT; Robert B. Murrett, Deputy Director, INSCT; and University Professor James B. Steinberg.

After an overview of the incident’s law, policy, and military aspects, students’ questions ranged from the legality of the action under international law, to what response Russia will choose, to whether or not the US Congress will create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force to address US humanitarian action in Syria.