Secretary of State John Kerry is leading the U.S. effort to negotiate a ceasefire and leadership transition in Syria, which could pave the way for a more united front against ISIS. Photo courtesy of Cliff.
"It's clear from ISIL's strategy that their objective is to cause us to engage in what they believe is an apocalyptic war with the west...."
--General Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, December 9, 2015
Calls for military action against ISIS – everything from air strikes to troops on the ground – are growing. Even for those of us who are concerned that war isn’t the answer, it can be difficult to know what the alternatives look like.
Yesterday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva told Senators why a bigger military response could actually make us less safe.
The costs of war are real, and there are real alternatives to military action. Here’s a roundup of military and foreign affairs experts’ takes on the best approaches to ISIS – that aren’t war:
--David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
--Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy
--Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
--Win Without War
--Brian Glyn Williams, Informed Comment
From sanctions to negotiations, these experts outline steps the U.S. should take without resorting to yet another Middle East war. They must be heard.