With twin crises in Syria and Iran requiring increasingly complicated diplomatic solutions, this week Inside the Issues talks to Paul Heinbecker, long-time Canadian diplomat and former ambassador to the United Nations. Government repression in Syria, Heinbecker says, has raised the prospect of triggering the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, and if the US were not in an election year, a military intervention from the air would be more seriously considered. The dangers of attacking Iran, meanwhile, far outweigh the potential benefits; Heinbecker argues that the country's history of non-aggression and the West's record of containing a nuclear Russia and China show that a more prudent course of action with Iran is required.

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