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Joshua Hersh

Syrian Opposition Leader Rejects Geneva Talks, As Peace Plan Falters | 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 | 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.

Call For New Sanctions Against Assad

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER and ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.05.2012 | World

PARIS — A top Syrian general's defection is the first major crack in the upper echelons of President Bashar Assad's regime, buoying a 100-nation...

Shelling Kills Dozens In Homs

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.01.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Shells slammed into the central Syrian city of Homs Sunday, killing more than two dozen people, activists said, as Syria's government d...

A 'Pot Of Gold' To Undermine Syria's Bloody Crackdown

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.01.2012 | World

ISTANBUL — A coalition of more than 70 partners, including the United States, pledged Sunday to send millions of dollars and communications equi...

Clinton In Saudia Arabia

AP | BY BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Obama administration is seeking to advance talks among Saudi Arabia and its neighbors on a missile defense system aga...

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.

Clinton Predicts Coup In Syria

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 04.25.2012 | World

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has blasted Russia and China as "despicable" for opposing U.N. action aimed at ...

Ultimatum For Assad

AP | MATTHEW LEE and PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 04.25.2012 | World

TUNIS, Tunisia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton blasted Russia and China as "despicable" for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopp...


AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.25.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad's forces pounded rebel-held areas in central Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said. More ...

Destroyed 'Inch By Inch'

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Medics stitch wounds with thread used for clothing. Hungry residents risk Syrian government sniper fire or shelling to hunt for dwindli...

'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 im...

Joshua Hersh

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