Syrian WMD: Counter-proliferation Contingency Planning Needed

Syria’s embattled regime is likely to hold out for many more months but eventually could implode with many dangerous consequences for the surrounding region. One of the risks is that chemical weapons—and possibly radioactive materials from its nuclear program—could fall into the hands of terrorists. The United States needs a strategy for the worst-case scenario. Washington must closely monitor the evolving situation in Syria and make contingency plans in cooperation with allies to prevent the proliferation of such dangerous weapons, if necessary. The United States government should also plan to help a Syrian successor government secure, destroy, and disable the Assad regime’s stockpile and production facilities.

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