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Syrian Troops Retake Christian Town From Jihadis

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 12.28.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces retook a Christian town north of Damascus on Monday after a week of fierce c...

West Pushes Syrian Opposition To Attend Peace Talks

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Arshad Mohammed and Peter Griffiths LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Syria's opposition in exile resisted calls from Western and Arab cou...

Assad Sees No Obstacles To Run For President In 2014

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting a 2-1/2-year revolt against his rule, said he saw no reason he could no...

Syria Releases More Of Its Secrets

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Syria has given international experts additional details about its chemical we...

Erratic U.S. Diplomacy Dancing to the Tune Set by Russia and Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The new era of American-Arab relations requires scrutiny and caution from both sides, regardless of their current lukewarm - and in some cases, even s...

Apres moi le déluge

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

T he sentiment of "Apres moi le deluge" could easily be applied to the Middle East. Gaddafi, Hussein have fallen, along with Mubarak in Egypt and his ...

John Kerry's 'Iraq Hangover' on 60 Minutes

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph Bobrow

How quickly we forget war's multidimensional and devastating costs. How thoughtlessly we label the crucial act of remembering as "blindness," and judge ourselves and others for our understandable weariness.

Russia: Armed Syrian Rebels Could Join Peace Talks

AP | Posted 10.01.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- "Reasonable" Syrian rebels could take part in prospective peace talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, Russia's foreign minister...

Paris Prosecutor Probes Fortune Of Assad's Uncle

AP | SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

PARIS -- The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation Monday into the real estate holdings of Syrian President Bashar Assad's uncle after wat...

Assad: 'Of Course We Have To Comply'

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's president vowed Sunday to abide by the U.N. resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons stockpile to be destroyed. S...

Assad Says He Gave Russia Evidence Rebels Possess Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 09.26.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. milit...

Taking the Lead: Obligations of the United States as Global Hegemon

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

The question Syria has awakened is whether it is the United States' job to "be the world's police," an unappealing designation to many. If police are responsible for preventing and detecting crime and maintaining the public order, international relations theory dictates that, yes, it is our job.

UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors Returning To Syria

AP | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

GENEVA — The United Nations says the team of chemical weapons inspectors led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom will return to Syria on Wednesday. ...

Assad: Syria Will Allow Access To Chemical Sites

AP | ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 11.23.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad pledged in an interview broadcast Monday to honor an agreement to surrender Syria's stockpile of chemic...

Russia 'Could Change' Support For Assad, Kremlin Official Says

AP | Posted 11.21.2013 | World

MOSCOW — Russia's Interfax news agency is quoting a top Kremlin official as saying the government could drop its support for Bashar Assad if the...

Deputy PM: Syrian Civil War 'At Stalemate'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.19.2013 | World

The Syrian government believes the civil war ravaging the country has reached a stalemate and would call for a ceasefire if long-stalled peace talks i...

Assad: Destroying Chemical Weapons Will Take A Year, Cost $1 Billion

Posted 09.19.2013 | World

In an interview with Fox News conducted by former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad admitted his country possessed ch...

Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed.

UN Inspector: Team To Return To Syria Within Weeks

AP | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

STOCKHOLM — The chief U.N. chemical weapons inspector says his team will return to Syria "within weeks" to complete the investigation it had sta...

WATCH: Iranians Dial Up Presence In Syria

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

New footage has provided further evidence that Iran is cranking up its own presence in Syria....

Putin's Great Game

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

Putin's game is larger than Syria, and his audience is not the American voters, although he is happy to take advantage of the dysfunctional state of American politics. Putin's audience is somewhere else entirely: the capitals of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and China.

U.S. Seeks Wide Support For Syria Arms Deal

AP | MATTHEW LEE and SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

PARIS -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday briefed some of the United States' closest allies on a broad agreement to end Syria's chemical weapon...

Obama's Speech of Contradictions: Leadership Lost

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has returned to his pattern of dithering and backtracking, after appearing on the verge of being firm for a moment, making the ...

American Exemplarism Over American Exceptionalism

Chris Abraham | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Abraham

Can't there be other gleaming palaces? Can't there be other shining cities on other hills? Isn't there room enough in this globe for the two or more of us?

Obama's Syrian Pushmi-Pullyu: Going Nowhere

Jim Moore | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is simply no metric by which any of us can measure the president's direction. He is heading neither north nor south, east nor west; his compass is spinning from point to point to point, never resting for more than a moment on a firm heading.