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An International Understanding Over the Exit of Assad and His Relatives, With the Regime Remaining in Place

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

When will the Syria matter be settled? No one has a definitive answer, but the majority are saying that a political solution will come before the end of the year. That is if this is not undermined by developments that would impose militarization.

What If Assad Survives?

Gabriel Kohan | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Gabriel Kohan

As dark and murky as the quagmire in Syria has become, it is incumbent on the U.S. to do what it can to actualize the one shred of clarity that has arisen from the chaos: Assad must go, and that is not open to compromise.

Syria: The International Travesty

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The failure to stop the Syrian crisis stems from the international community's unwillingness to take stern measures to end the killing while it continues to take cover under the Annan plan and mouths verbal condemnations of the Assad regime.

The Armchair Generals Are Itching...

Claude Salhani | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

If foreign troops are to go into Syria, as will most probably be the case at the end of the day, let them be Russian, Indian and Arab forces; and here are the reasons why.

If There Is No Plan B for Syria, How About a Plan C?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Administration officials keep gravitating to the simplistic assertion that when it comes to Syria, there is no Plan B since Plan B may compel direct military intervention. But I can drive a ten-wheeler between existing U.S. policy and putting boots on Syrian ground.

The Sphinx Is Watching

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's hard to mask the fact that so much of this campaign was less about Egypt's future economic challenges, and far more about the role of religious and political Islam coursing through Egypt's body politic.

Annan's Plan Threatened With Failure as Everyone Evades "Plan B"

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

What Kofi Annan and his team should think of is the need to distinguish between the failure of the plan and the failure of the man on the one hand, and the thwarting of the six points stated in the man's plan on the other. This mandate is first and foremost meant for Syria and its fate.

Egypt's Presidential Elections: A Moment for the U.S. Government to Lead on Human Rights

Neil Hicks | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Neil Hicks

The collapses of authoritarian regimes of the last 15 months should have taught U.S. policymakers one lesson: the old formula of tolerating and colluding with authoritarianism in return for (an often illusory) stability does not work.

The Arab Spring's Implications for NATO

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Rabah Ghezali

An improved military cooperation means an enhanced political relationship which would help reconsidering this part of the world as an opportunity for the dialogue of civilizations rather than simply a mere threat to Western security.

Is it Possible to Salvage the Faltering Syrian "Ceasefire"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

An absence of imaginative, strategic diplomacy as the year-long crisis in Syria unfolded has caught the U.S. with dwindling options as the oxymoronic UN ceasefire collapses. Consequences abound as a result for U.S. interests across the region.

March Death Toll For Iraqis Was Lowest Since 2003

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Official figures showed that 112 people were killed by violence in Iraq in March, the lowest monthly death toll for Iraqis since the U.S.-l...

Relentless Clashes In Northern Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Clashes and protests broke out across many parts of Syria Friday, further complicating a peace mission by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan who urg...

Explosions Rock Baghdad As Arab Summit Opens

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 05.29.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Sunni Muslim rulers largely shunned an Arab League summit hosted by Shiite-led Iraq on Thursday, illustrating how powerfully the secta...

Arab League Presses For Peace Plan

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2012 | World

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD, March 29 (Reuters) - Fighting between Syrian security forces and rebels killed at least 13 people on Thurs...

Syria Is Obama's Srebrenica

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In this second year of Syria's so-called Arab Spring bloodbath its déjà vu all over again at 1600 Penn. While Syria is not Srebrenica, there are eerie similarities in how this Obama team is hopelessly caught up in a Bosnian-style policy vacuum circa 1995.

Arab Summit Endorses Syria Peace Plan

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | World

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD, March 28 (Reuters) - Arab foreign ministers called on Wednesday for a U.N.-backed peace plan for Syria to b...

Damascus: We Will Reject Arab League Summit Initiatives

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, March 28 (Reuters) - Damascus will reject any initiative made at an Arab League summit relating to the violence in Syria, a foreign minist...

Ineptitute Coupled With Moral Bankruptcy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As this week marks the anniversary of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, the sad conclusion is that all the concerned parties have miserably failed to live up to their obligations to protect civilian protesters from being ruthlessly massacred for seeking their freedom.

Explosions Across Iraq Claim Dozens Of Lives

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

By Kareem Raheem and Aseel Kami BAGHDAD, March 20 (Reuters) - At least 26 explosions struck cities and towns across Iraq on Tuesday, k...

Many More Die In Syrian Violence, Activists Say

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | World

By Oliver Holmes and Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, March 12 (Reuters) - Dozens of civilians were killed in cold blood in the Syrian city of Homs, oppositi...

Stopping Syria's Descent Into Hell

James Zogby | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
James Zogby

As the situation continues to spiral out of control, adult supervision is desperately needed. And this is a role that the U.S. (with the Arab League and Turkey) and Russia and China can attempt to play.

What is the Purpose of the Arab League?

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

For most Arab League nations, a strong military has primarily guaranteed that the ruling strongman will maintain power.

Kofi Time

Daniel Serwer | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Daniel Serwer

The Syrian opposition doesn't have years, or even months. It needs protection quickly. The best bet is a vigorous diplomatic effort by Kofi Annan.

The Tunis Conference: A Practical Step Towards Toppling the Syrian Regime

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Gulf-Western alliance has taken the decision to confront Russia on the issue of Syria, and it presumes that the regime will be gone by the end of the year. Indeed, the strategy to implement this has been set in motion.

Six Questions for Advocates of Arming Syria's Opposition

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

After the campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, there's no excuse for not thinking hard about unforeseen developments and about whether there exists the requisite will to deal with them if they materialize.