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How serious is the sabre-rattling over Syria?

How serious is the sabre-rattling over Syria? 2018-04-11
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David Romano

Last Saturday, though not ‘officially confirmed,’ a poisonous gas attack happened in the besieged Syrian town of Douma. The World Health Organization has confirmed that 500 people showed symptoms of being exposed to "toxic chemicals".

This act of aggression supposedly by the Assad government has opened a Pandora’s Box.

President Donald Trump is threatening missile strikes. Russian officials are threatening retaliation for any American aggression. Many world leaders are on edge and watching closely – Syria has become a powder keg and what happens next could have global implications.

What are President Trump’s options? What could happen if the Russians counter? Is there a diplomatic option?

There is an enormous amount at stake and a lot of scenarios to consider. That’s where experts from Missouri State University can help.

Dr. David Romano, political science professor at Missouri State University, researches Middle Eastern politics and government. He's an expert in theories of peace and conflict, and foreign policy. He's available to speak about the escalating tensions, potential outcomes and consequences regarding any action in Syria. Click on his icon to arrange an interview.


Suspected syria chemical attack may have affected 500 people, who says

About 500 people are believed to have been affected by a suspected chemical attack last week on the rebel-held town of douma, syria, the world health organization says.