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Dr Lars Berger discusses consequences for Arab partners of US air strikes on Syria

01 October 2014 |

Dr Berger addresses the participation of a coalition of Arab States in light of US air strikes against IS.

Dr Berger's article "What Arab partners will get in return for strikes on Syria", outlines how the recent decision by Obama to launch air strikes against Islamic State may result in prolonged military confrontation in the region. The difference between this and former intervention he says is "a synchronised display of high-level multinational cooperation is clearly meant to head off the usual criticism of the often unilateral nature of US foreign policies." This is of particular importance to Obama who has invested considerably to distance himself from the Bush Administration's war in Iraq.

In his statement announcing the airs trikes, Obama says "The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone." The White House hopes that participation by Arab partners will "undermine that radical Islamist narrative of the West versus Islam, and instead reframe the conflict as another chapter in the decades-old struggle between the vast moderate Muslim majority and a tiny minority of radicals".

Apart from America's explicit goals, Dr Bergers continues on to discuss the interests of the Arab partners themselves and what trade-off this will result in.

Read the full article online.

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