U.S., West Ready to Punish Syria for Chemical Attack; Neighborhood Challenges

[ 0 ] August 28, 2013 |
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Those opposing Assad’s regime reportedly were victims of a chemical attack by the Syrian government

The international community is weighing action against Syria after strong suspicions that President Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against its own people. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday accusing the authorities in Damascus of responsibility in the attacks, and a senior American defense official told CNN that a U.S. strike against Syria could be completed “within several days.” 

U.N. inspectors on the ground in Syria searched areas on the outskirts of Damascus Wednesday in search of evidence that chemical weapons were used in last week’s attack that rebels say killed more than 1,300 people. Meanwhile, The New York Times was still struggling to get its Web site back online after a malicious attack by what the paper says was the work of “the Syrian Electronic Army or someone trying very hard to be them.” The Syrian Electronic Army is a group of hackers aligned with Assad.

What’s happening in Syria is just the latest in a conflict that began in March 2011, when government forces cracked down violently on peaceful protesters inspired by the Arab SpringWatch Roger Cressey, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, talk about Booz Allen Hamilton’s efforts in the Middle East and challenges facing those countries post-Arab Spring:

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Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and consulting firm, has a presence in Middle Eastern countries such as Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

“What we’re seeing are the governments there trying to adjust to the reality of the Arab Spring and how it’s syriaconflictimpacted that part of the region,” Cressey said. “That’s the most stable area in the Middle East right now … and they’re looking at two things.”

One of those two things is how those governments can ensure their citizens are being taken care of as they see uprisings in countries such as Syria, Egypt and Tunisia. Booz Allen Hamilton wants to make sure there is enough investment, health care and education in these countries, which form an island of stability amidst a volatile region, to remain so.

Related: Watch NBC’s Andrea Mitchell talk to genConnect about the volatility of the Arab Spring

“They’re in a rough neighborhood,” Cressey said. “They have Iran on one side and all the instability on the other side and so they’re trying to carve out a role for them.”

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About Roger Cressey: Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Roger Cressey, an internationally known counterterrorism and cyber security expert, supports the firm’s cybersecurity business and international government clients. Mr. Cressey served in senior cybersecurity and counterterrorism positions under [...]
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