Gassing One’s Own People: Contrasting Leader Motivations and Behavior in Iraq and Syria
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Objective: Leaders of both Iraq (Saddam Hussein, 1988) and Syria (Bashar al-Assad, recently) have used chemical weapons against their own people. There is now extensive documentation of Iraq’s chemical weapon decision-making in 1988, making it a uniquely rich case study. This project will produce a monograph contrasting Iraq’s chemical decision-making with Syria’s recent use of chemical weapons and draw insights from Iraq that are applicable to understanding Syria’s actions. As policy makers weigh options for contending with Syria, this research will provide timely and informed analysis.
Performer: Texas A&M University Project Lead: David Palkki Project Cost: $59,000 FY15-16