Determining a Strategy for the Refugee Crisis in Syria

1964 WordsJan 26, 20188 Pages
Summary Balancing humanitarian concerns with U.S national interests is essential in determining a strategy for the refugee crisis in Syria. According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are approximately 2.5 million refugees, more than half of which are children. Not only do such atrocities conflict with the moral fiber of democracy, but also present serious risks to the economic well-being and security of the United States. Current research as well as historical reference illustrate that U.S foreign policy being implemented in the region is ineffective and at times counter-productive. If issues regarding the refugee crisis are not dealt with promptly, the potential for Syrian cooperation is greatly decreased, and the likelihood of civil war expanding to neighboring countries is significantly greater. Based on expert opinion, the following recommendations should be taken into consideration: 1. Develop security partnerships with entities that will demilitarize refugee areas. 2. Implement Information campaigns to combat militant propaganda. 3. Assist countries that have incurred an influx in refugee migration. 4. Re-structure the Syria Accountability Act (2010) to achieve modest policy goals using smart sanctions. Background December 12th 2003, Congress passed the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act. The purpose of this act was to end Syria’s longstanding support for terrorist networks, eradicate Syrian occupation in Lebanon, and stop Syria’s

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