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USA: Brzezinski urges US prudence over Syria military strikes01:03

USA: Brzezinski urges US prudence over Syria military strikes

United States, Baltimore
October 24, 2013 at 14:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Brzezinski urges US prudence over Syria military strikes

Zbigniew Brzezinski presented a discussion at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advance International Studies (SAIS) in Maryland, Thursday on US security politics. The former security advisor to US President Jimmy Carter, commented on the dangers of military intervention by highlighting a growing movement of global awakening and increasingly complex social responses.

Brzezinski said, "We have to be very careful and very prudential in our choices as to when we become militarily involved. And I think Syria is a very good example of that. There is no simple military solution to Syria without running the risk of the problem becoming not just national but regional, in an escalatory fashion. And this is why, I think, correctly, the United States has exercised caution, and this is why other states, such as Russia, to a lesser extent China, have to some extent already stepped in, realising that if there is a regional explosion, they will be victims. Perhaps not to the same extent as we, but nonetheless their vital interests will be affected. So restraint and then collective response is perhaps the best way to respond."

The event was coordinated at SAIS to cast a spotlight on a recent release of a biography called, 'Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski', written by Zbigniew's colleagues and students. The event was attended by, among others, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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USA: Brzezinski urges US prudence over Syria military strikes

Zbigniew Brzezinski presented a discussion at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advance International Studies (SAIS) in Maryland, Thursday on US security politics. The former security advisor to US President Jimmy Carter, commented on the dangers of military intervention by highlighting a growing movement of global awakening and increasingly complex social responses.

Brzezinski said, "We have to be very careful and very prudential in our choices as to when we become militarily involved. And I think Syria is a very good example of that. There is no simple military solution to Syria without running the risk of the problem becoming not just national but regional, in an escalatory fashion. And this is why, I think, correctly, the United States has exercised caution, and this is why other states, such as Russia, to a lesser extent China, have to some extent already stepped in, realising that if there is a regional explosion, they will be victims. Perhaps not to the same extent as we, but nonetheless their vital interests will be affected. So restraint and then collective response is perhaps the best way to respond."

The event was coordinated at SAIS to cast a spotlight on a recent release of a biography called, 'Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski', written by Zbigniew's colleagues and students. The event was attended by, among others, former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.