Debating a Transatlantic Approach in Syria

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership

This recent Atlantic Memo from AGI’s partner organization, entitled “Thinking Beyond Intervention: A Limited Transatlantic Policy Towards Syria”, presents the findings of members’ debates on the transatlantic approach to the ongoing situation in Syria. The memo explains that arming rebels will likely escalate the conflict in Syria, a no-fly zone is too risky and cost-inefficient, and that intervention is politically unlikely. Instead, the three goals that should be pursued are: (1) support political dialogue that includes the regime and leads to federalization in Syria; (2) secure Syria’s chemical weapons, including by partnering with Russia; (3) reinforce the security of Turkey’s southern border to reduce the spread of violence and to help Turkey to better serve its citizens and refugees.