Chemical Weapons Agreement Presents Formidable Challenges
BMI View: Although the momentum for US airstrikes on Syria has waned for now, challenges relating to the destruction of the latter country's chemical weapons arsenal are formidable. The US will keep the threat of military action, and we cannot preclude unilateral strikes in the future.
The Syrian crisis has recently taken a turn away from US military action, following Damascus' acceptance on September 10 of a Russian proposal that Syria gives up its chemical weapons. The US and Russia agreed on September 14 on a framework agreement for the removal and destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal before the end of the first half of 2014. The agreement is based on six key points:
Syria must submit within one week a comprehensive listing of its stockpiles.