The Push for U.N. Humanitarian Airdrops in Syria Could Backfire

A convoy of aid vehicles loaded with food and other supplies travels to Madaya, Syria, Jan. 11, 2016 (AP photo).
A convoy of aid vehicles loaded with food and other supplies travels to Madaya, Syria, Jan. 11, 2016 (AP photo).
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When the United Nations Security Council tries to micromanage a conflict, as some of its members are poised to do with regard to Syria’s civil war, it is a pretty good bet that the situation will very soon get worse. The council offers a useful, if often malfunctioning, mechanism for creating diplomatic frameworks to handle crises. When it is united, it can bring pressure to bear on warring parties. Yet when the council gets into the operational details of conflict management, such as how to protect specific cities from attack or to deliver aid, it is liable to wade out […]

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