Mapping States' Reactions to the Syria Strikes of April 2018 - A Comprehensive Guide

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This is the permanent page for the Mapping States’ Reactions to the Syria Strikes of April 2018 project, first published in an earlier incarnation here at Just Security on April 22, 2018. As we described there, in the early morning hours of April 14, 2018, in Syria, the United States, France and the United Kingdom launched a series of strikes against three targets related to Syria’s chemical weapons program. In the days that followed, states provided a range of reactions to the strikes, including at an emergency session of the UN Security Council held on April 14. Some of these official statements include considerations of international law — explicitly pronouncing on the legality or illegality of the strikes or referencing international rules in general terms — while many others do not. Consolidating and analyzing state reactions — from intervening states, affected states, and third party states — may be useful to evaluating both the political atmosphere as well as the legality of the use of force in such circumstances.

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