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Joshua Hersh

Syrian Opposition Leader Rejects Geneva Talks, As Peace Plan Falters

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- A proposed round of Syrian peace talks slated for later this month appears to be on the verge of collapse after both major parties have said...

Joshua Hersh

Kerry Looks To Avoid Major Diplomatic Embarrassment

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Top Syrian opposition figures are reportedly considering dropping their boycott of a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry later th...

We've Lost Syria

Lara Setrakian | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Lara Setrakian

Syria has shown the limits of U.S. policy. It's exposed a failure of the global system, the multilateral process we tried to corral. Old diplomacy is too slow for the new Middle East.

'Fair Weather' Friends of Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The Syrian refugee crisis is, by any objective measure, an international humanitarian catastrophe, and the all-too-belated and by any standard paltry international response is one reason why so many Syrians are so furious with the west's measured indifference.

A Field Guide to the Current Middle East Mess, Part Deux

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The ever-present turmoil in the Middle East compels a second edition of my Field Guide to the Middle East Mess.

Two More Reasons for Preemptive Contract Sanctions in Syria

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

As government officials from the Friends of Syria sanctions working group prepare to meet in Tokyo on November 30, we thought we'd highlight two new developments that reinforce the case for using preemptive contract sanctions in Syria.

How the U.S. Can Lead on Syria

Gabriel Kohan | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Gabriel Kohan

Although the Obama Administration's policies have kept the U.S. out of another military quagmire in the Middle East, they have not hindered Assad from continuing an onslaught against his own people. Here are just a few steps that America can take to hasten Assad's departure.

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.

'Friends Of Syria' Will Demand Immediate Ceasefire To Allow Aid Access

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Alistair Lyon AMMAN/BEIRUT, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Western and Arab nations will demand that Syrian forces impl...

70 Nations To Call For Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

By Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Western and Arab powers meeting in Tunis on Friday will call on Syria to implement an imm...

Joshua Hersh

Syria Crisis: Turkey Inches, Somewhat Reluctantly, To The Forefront

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- When Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, arrived in Washington late last week, he came with a clear and direct message about the...