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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.

How the UN Isolated Russia, China, on Syria's Uprising

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The U.N. General Assembly told the Syrian government to stop shooting unarmed protestors and isolated its key supporter, Russia, in adopting a resolution that had at least 137 "yes" votes and only 12 against.

Why Israel Should Intervene in Syria

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

At some point in the future, Israel must make an effort to become an accepted resident of its own neighborhood, and a Syrian intervention would be the most logical place to start.

Strengthening the UN's Ability to Maintain International Peace and Security

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

When it comes to international peace and security, the United Nations is notably lacking in power. Its resolutions along these lines are often ignored or go unenforced. Frequently, they are not even adopted.

The U.N.'s Return on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The aggressiveness with which the Arab states along the Persian Gulf are pressing for the ouster of Bashar al-Assad from Damascus is really aimed at crippling his Iranian ally.

Putin Seeks to Restore Soviet Influence

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

This indeed is the most important card Putin holds: the fact that Obama will not go to war in Syria, that he will not go to war in Iran, and that it is out of the question for him to escalate against Russia or China -- he, the advocate of peace.

How New Zealand's Petty Politics Undermines Stability and Security in the Pacific

Cleo Paskal | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Cleo Paskal

It seems like a small story -- local politics in an island nation at the edge of the map. But it is typical of the sort of dynamics that are seriously undermining western security in a critical period.

The Obama Administration's Syrian Double Standard

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If the Obama administration continues on its present course and does not confront the Russian-Syrian arms transfers with tougher resolve, it won't be merely "leading from behind"; it will be turning its back on the growing humanitarian catastrophe.

Syria: Three-Level Chess Game

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

What we seem to have is a three-level chess game in Syria: internal, regional and worldwide.

Russia to the People of Syria: "Drop Dead"

Sheldon Filger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Sheldon Filger

The Kremlin's support of the bloodthirsty Assad dictatorship is not wise and may harm Moscow's most vital interests irreparably.

Russia's Concern Over the West's Alliance With the Islamists

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, Russia finds itself in a state of calculated siege, emerging through the new semi-alliance between the Americans -- and the West in general -- and the Islamists. The Barack Obama administration seems to be at the forefront of this new alliance.

Time to Reset Russia's Syrian Offense

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's high time to toss aside diplomatic niceties and place Russia in the diplomatic stockade for its sheltering of the illegitimate Bashar al-Assad from global wrath.

Navigating Arabs' Syria Roadmap Through the U.N.

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The Security Council is only going to move as far as its most cautious major member can go. At this stage, that means an endorsement of the Arab League's initiative in facilitating the Syrian political groupings' agreement on the country's political reconstruction.

Syria: Russia-West Argue It Out; Damascus Waits It Out

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Western nations in the U.N. Security Council have two choices on Syria: soften the wording on their resolution that asks the Syrian president to delegate his "full authority" to his deputy or face a Russian-Chinese veto.

Diplomats Demand That Assad Step Down

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Louis Charbonneau AMMAN/UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces reasserted control of D...

How Syria's Ruling Apparatus Became Its Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time has run out for President Assad. Following the mass killings, suffering and deprivation of basic human rights that the Assad regime has perpetrated on his people, under no circumstances will Assad be able to restore his legitimacy as a ruler.

ElBaradei New Syria Envoy?

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2012 | World

CAIRO, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Arab League has approached Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, as a possible candidate for ...

Gulf Countries Withdraw Monitors From Syria

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2012 | World

CAIRO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The Arab League has begun to withdraw 55 Gulf Arab monitors from Syria after their governments decided to quit the peace m...

Syria Rejects Arab League's Request For Assad To Step Down

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2012 | World

(Adds quotes from Syrian statement, details) BEIRUT, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Syria rejected on Monday a request by Arab League foreign mini...

Controversial Monitor Mission May Be Extended One Month

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2012 | World

By Tom Pfeiffer and Ayman Samir CAIRO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - An Arab League committee on Syria will ask Arab foreign ministers on Sunday ...