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Geneva Talks

How to Resolve the Syrian Crisis and Alleviate the ISIS Threat

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

While the self-proclaimed Islamic State has lost a significant amount of its territory and leadership, including its second-in-command, Brussels shows that it will become even more aggressive in its foreign operations as it loses ground, with some stating the attack is an indication of panic in the group. Here are seven suggestions that may help resolve the civil war in Syria, end the refugee crisis and alleviate the terrorist threat posed by ISIS to Europe and the rest of the world.

Tens Of Thousands Flee To Turkish Border As Aleppo Assault Intensifies

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.07.2016 | World

ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syr...

Peace Negotiations: Fish or Cut Bait?

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

The Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva peace talks faces a cruel dilemma: hang on in the hope that its willingness to commence ceasefire discussions can produce genuine relief for hundreds of thousands of its constituents; or quit in disgust as Russia doubles-down.

Geneva: Throwing the Hail Mary Pass

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

For the second time in 30 months the United States is attempting, in its Syria diplomacy, a "Hail Mary pass" -- a last-second attempt from a very unfavorable field position to snatch victory from near-certain defeat.

Peace Talks Hit More Trouble As Syrian Rebel City 'Starves'

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the ...

Doubling Down in the Middle East Casino

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.

In Geneva, U.S. and Iran Near the Finish Line

Reza Marashi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Marashi

One did not have to be in Geneva to see the obvious: more progress was made over the past three days than in the past three decades combined.

The Role of 'Deceptive DNA' in the US-Iran Talks

Omid Memarian | Posted 12.30.2013 | World
Omid Memarian

When an official involved in the negotiations calls Iran deceptive, and, moreover, carelessly makes this reference to the whole of Iran -- at least that's how it's being portrayed in the Iranian media -- that does not build confidence. It is the height of irresponsibility.