Will the United States be able to use Russia to rid Syria of chemical weapons?

By Julie Inglese

The most significant use of chemical weapons against civilians since 1988 occurred last month in Syria. CNN reported that the "United Nations Mission has… confirmed, unequivocally and objectively, that chemical weapons have been used in Syria." The horrific event, likely a result of the President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, sparked an agreement between Russia and the United States. Russia has agreed to work with the United States to remove all chemical weapons from Syria, but this must be done on the honor system, which may make for a bad outcome. Only time will tell how the agreement plays out.