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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


In his most consequential national security decision to date, President Donald Trump was right to order US air strikes against the Syrian air force on Friday morning. President Bashar al-Assad’s repeated chemical weapons attacks against his civilian population called for a forceful international response. By ordering a targeted cruise missile strike, Mr Trump sent an unmistakable warning to Mr Assad that any further assaults against defenceless civilians will not be tolerated.


Burns, Nicholas. "Donald Trump’s welcome show of U.S. global leadership." Financial Times, April 7, 2017.