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. T he 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.