Initial Reactions from Council Experts on President Obama’s Remarks on Syria

After watching President Obama’s speech Tuesday night, some of the Atlantic Council’s experts weighed in with initial reactions.

Atlantic Council Vice President and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Barry Pavel wrote in an earlier post this evening that “close US allies and partners in dangerous regions around the world, and the WMD-armed adversaries who threaten them, all have drawn lessons from the US backing down from militarily enforcing the publicly drawn red-line announced by the President of the United States last year.” His full post is here.

Fred Hof, senior fellow in the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, served as special advisor for transition in Syria for the US State Department. Hof has written extensively about Syria on our MENASource blog. He had this to say:

Jeff Lightfoot, deputy director of the Scowcroft Center, adds a different perspective, asserting that Obama’s diplomacy puts pressure back on Moscow and Damascus:

Faysal Itani, visiting fellow with the Hariri Center, has commented throughout this crisis on the regional reactions. He weighs in from that perspective on President Obama’s message:

Further analysis from Council experts is forthcoming.

Related Experts: Frederic C. Hof and Jeffrey Lightfoot