Syria Audio Analyses: UN Inspections & US Preparations for Airstrikes

I spoke with two BBC radio stations late Monday afternoon about the situation in Syria, including the United Nations inspections of chemical attack sites and US preparations for airstrikes.

BBC West Midlands: Listen from 4:31
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire: Listen from 1:06:58

The interviews, conducted before US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement paving the way for US attacks, consider the difficulties for the UN inspectors — including obstacles placed by the Assad regime — and how this might lead to US and British action.

While we are in a process where the inspections are being carried out, I can’t see there being military action….

However, if Assad blocks these inspections or if he ever comes close to another attack like this, we are going to see airstrikes. Otherwise, you have absolutely no credibility left.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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