Roundtable Outcome Document, February 2013
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, the international community has debated the need for, and potential efficacy of, military intervention to stop the Assad regime’s brutal suppression of the political opposition and to prevent atrocities against the civilian population. Center for Civilians in Conflict with support from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) convened a roundtable of knowledgeable of policymakers, military planners, humanitarian and protection experts, and legal academics to consider military options for foreign involvement in Syria specifically through a civilian harm mitigation lens. The five options included: training and equipping the armed opposition; conducting limited airstrikes; deploying Patriot batteries around Syria; creating no-fly and no-drive zones; and deploying an international security force post-conflict.

This document presents the outcome of that discussion, conducted under the Chatham House Rule.



Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or




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