The U.S. Airstrikes on Syria

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Since March 2011, on the heels of the "Arab Spring," a bloody and complex civil war has erupted and ravaged Syria, resulting in one of the most complicated international, geopolitical crisis in the modern times.

In the past twenty-four hours, the U.S. launched a unilateral military strike -- thereby effectively making an entry into this multi-national conflict, six years in making.

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Our discussions will include the following:

• What are the moral arguments for and against the military strikes?

• Was the unilateral use of military force justified and proportional?

• Should Pres. Trump have sought Congressional approval beforehand? Was the military action an overreach by the Executive Branch or without a proper legal basis?

• What does this mean for the "Trump Doctrine" -- a shift from "America First" to regime change and nation building in the Middle East?

• How will this impact the geopolitical dynamics in the region vis-à-vis Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and others? How will the rest of the world react?

• How will this affect the current Syrian refugee crisis?

• What role should the U.N. and the International Criminal Court play in prosecuting Assad?

• Will this inevitably lead to partitioning of Syria?

• Finally, what are the unintended consequences?