What lies in the future for Syria?
Since protests began in February 2011, the Syrian government has brutally cracked down on protesters and civilians. Widespread violence has left more than 7,500 people dead. Refugees are flowing into Turkey, Lebanon, and other neighboring countries at alarming rates. World leaders have called on President Assad to step down and various UN bodies have condemned Syria’s violence and called for a cessation to the unrest. Despite these actions, unrest in Syria continues.
After more than a year of bloodshed, few effective measures have been taken to establish peace in Syria. What can be done by the international community – particularly the UN and the Arab League? Would an intervention be a breach of Syrian sovereignty or a necessary humanitarian mission? Why has nothing been done so far – how is the Syrian Arab Spring different from the situation in Libya?