Twenty-nine (29) existential threats to the country of Syria were identified by prime actors. In the chart below, the left column ranks the threats from the most important to solve (the Assad Regime/Civil War) to the least (chemical weapons).
The threat of nuclear material is important because with the country half destroyed, an unstable government, many independent armed opposition groups and terrorist groups, nuclear material could fall into dangerous hands.
25 prime actors participated in the following:
- Determining the importance of the threat of Nuclear Material relative to other threats to the country. As shown in the chart below, the threat of Nuclear Material ranked 23rd most important.
In response to questions about the seriousness of nuclear material—
Round 3 participants stated (Nov. 2016 - Jul. 2017):
"The nuclear material is a terrible threat. Imagine if someone gets ahold of it." (231211)
Round 1 and 2 participants stated (Jan. 2016 - Oct. 2016):
“The government of Syria got some nuclear material, leftovers from 25 years ago. It was accepted by Syria and buried there. It causes a threat from cancer and things like that. [This] is a region of environmental catastrophes." (221211)