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Aslı Ü. Bâli and Aziz Rana


Why There Is No Military Solution to the Syrian Conflict

[Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and US Secretary of State John Kerry (from left to right) after a

Today, as violence intensifies in Syria, external powers, including the United States, are openly debating direct intervention. Such intervention is justified as serving multiple goals at once: it is a means of securing chemical weapons caches; a mechanism to protect the civilian population; and a necessary measure to ensure that the successors to the Asad regime are adequately beholden to the United States and its regional allies. However, whether the intentions are ...

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Aslı Ü. Bâli and Aziz Rana


Aslı Ü. Bâli is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, where she teaches public international law, international human rights, and laws of war. Her research interests also include comparative law of the Middle East. She is co-editor of the Turkey Page.

Aziz Rana is an Associate Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010), reassesses key episodes in US constitutional development, from the Revolution to the New Deal, through the comparative lens of settler colonialism. Rana's current book project, titled "No Other Gods: The Rise of Constitutional Nationalism in America," explores how the American Federal Constitution became a document of near-universal national veneration in the twentieth century and the implications of such veneration for popular practices of dissent.