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In a recent blog for The Majalla, Middle East scholar Andrew Bowen and research associate Dina Shahrokhi discuss President Obama's options following reports the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons against its own people.

Possibilities include arming vetted members of the FSA, enforcing a no-fly zone to neutralize the regime's air force, securing and destroying Syria's stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and, working closely with Russia, taking further action to foster a political solution to the conflict. "Obama"s response will have the strongest impact if his actions can support efforts to bring President Assad and his opponents to the table for negotiations," Bowen and Shahrokhi write.

Read "Going Over the Red Line" in the May 1, 2013, edition of The Majalla.