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September 3, 2013 5 minute read

Conflict Data on Military Interventions: Will Syria Be Different?

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

With the Obama administration now pressing Congress to authorize military action against Syria, administration officials and commentators have repeatedly emphasized that Syria is not Libya, Syria is not Iraq, and Syria is not Afghanistan. Circumstances are different; objectives are different; the nature of the conflict is different. This war, we’re told, won’t be the same as those that came before it. But what if it is?

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