Monday, September 2, 2013

Think Tanks Pushing for War in Syria?

As the drumbeat of intervention in Syria grows louder, Think Tank Watch has compiled the view on Syria from think tank land.  Here are a few links to what some think tankers are saying about possible intervention in that country.
  • The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has compiled the thoughts of nine of its scholars on the Syria situation.
  • Here is what four different scholars from the Brookings Institution have to say.  Here is a compilation of what a variety of other scholars at Brookings think.
  • Michael Rubin of AEI weighs in, as does Daniella Pletka.
  • Here is Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on "choosing the right options" in Syria.  Here is another piece by Cordesman saying that US strikes and military involvement in Syria must be limited and conditional.
  • Paul Salem of Carnegie's Middle East Center (MEC) writes about "bracing for impact" in Syria.  Here is what John Judis of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) has to say on Syria.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has a lot to say on Syria.  Here is Matthew Waxman on intervention in Syria.  Here is Ed Husain on why Western intervention will leave "chaos."  Here is Leslie Gelb on President Obama's new Syria options.  Here is Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on the best case scenario in Syria.  Here is a transcript from a media call on Syria with Richard Haass.  Here is an op-ed he wrote titled "America Must Stick to a Course on Syria."  Here is James Lindsay on Syria and the War Powers debate.
  • Here is the Heritage Foundation's recent thinking about intervention in Syria. 
  • The Cato Institute's Christopher Preble on resisting the calls for action in Syria; Cato's Benjamin Friedman and Erica Borghard on Syria.  Cato's Doug Bandow says President Obama must go to Congress before bombing Syria.
  • Here is what the Atlantic Council has to say about the Syria situation. 
  • Wilson Center scholars debate possible US-led attack on Syria.  Aaron David Miller says Obama is mulling the least bad option; discusses the limits of action in Syria; predicts Obama will bomb Syria.
  • New America Foundation's (NAF) Peter Bergen on why Syria "is truly a problem from hell."
While on the topic of Syria, Think Tank Watch thought it would be interesting to see what the think tank scene is like in that country.  According to the latest University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings, Syria has five think tanks.  Within the Middle East, Israel has the most think tanks, with 54.  Egypt has 34 think tanks, Iran has 33, Iraq has 29, Palestine has 28, Turkey has 27, Yemen has 23, Saudi Arabia has 4, Oman has 2, and Libya has only one think tank.