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  • In their seminal Brookings Institution study published earlier this year ("Things Fall Apart") of how civil wars routinely spread to and destabilize neighboring countries, Brookings scholars Kenneth Pollack (a senior National Security Council official in the Clinton administration) and Daniel Byman warn against trying "half-hearted humanitarian interventions" such as those attempted by the United States in Bosnia and by the United States in Lebanon a quarter-century ago. "Limited forays are likely to do little more than cause American casualties and embroil the United States more deeply in the conflict while courting humiliating defeat,"

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  • "Their focus is more local and regional, and they will attack U.S. targets and allied regimes in their areas of operations," said Daniel Byman, a professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University.

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