People packed into a Notre Dame auditorium to take part in a panel discussion on Syria.
Three professors delved into the legal issues surrounding the use of force as well as the dynamics between the countries in that region.
There were so many people in attendance that a second room had to be opened up to accommodate everyone.
Newscenter 16 sat down with a Notre Dame Peace studies and political science professor to hone in the factors at play as the US decides how to proceed in Syria.
Patrick Regan said countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia have gotten involved by providing weapons to Syrian rebels, while Russia and Iran have been doing the same for the Syrian regime.
Regan emphasized that the non-violent proposal on the table to have Syria turn over control of their chemical weapons to Russia will likely have a major impact on Obama’s speech Tuesday night.
“I’m sure he's re-written the script a few times,” Regan said. “He has to . He has to say there is a non-military option on the table and we have to play that out. If he came to the American people and said there is a non-military option but were going to bomb them anyway that would be a hard sell. The senate has delayed the vote. The game is changing.”