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"American Exceptionalism" on Display in Syria

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Secretary of State John Kerry has worked tirelessly to end the bloodshed in Syria. Yet he has been on the receiving end of criticism and pushback fro...

Russia: Bringing the World Not Only Military Interventions, But Also Poetry

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Kevin M. F. Platt

As a scholar trained in literary studies and a translator of contemporary Russian poetry, I dedicate this post to a translation (below) of Zakharova's historic and startling achievement in politico-poetical communication.

How the Syrian Conflict Could Lead to a Clash Between Russia and NATO

Lord David Owen | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Lord David Owen

GENEVA -- With Russia escalating its direct involvement in the Syrian civil war, and Turkey, a NATO member, understandably nervous about being attacked by Russian or Syrian forces, there is real danger of a military spillover creating a wider conflict.

Putin Predicted Today's Global Conflicts a Decade Ago, but His Warning Went Unheeded

Igor Ivanov | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Igor Ivanov

MOSCOW -- During the Cold War, Russia and the West had various mechanisms for dialogue available. There was a common strategic culture of deterrence. We do not have any of that now and that is why any incident in Europe or elsewhere could give rise to a major conflict.

Calling (Again) for Proof: 2013 Sarin Attack at Ghouta

Coleen Rowley | Posted 12.27.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

(Co-written with and signed by fourteen other VIPS listed below) MEMORANDUM FOR: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Minister of Russia ...

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Obama's Tenuous Middle East Coalition

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

President Obama devoted nearly half his 39-minute address at the United Nations General Assembly last week appealing to world leaders and publics to join in turning back the jihadist offensive in Syria and Iraq of a self-styled "Islamic state."

Qaddafi's Ghost and the ISIS Campaign

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Obama's caution about jumping into the Syrian civil war seems tacitly to acknowledge that the intervention went awry. So how should it affect the conduct of the campaign against ISIS?

Faux War

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Wars can, of course, be started quite by accident. They can be started because the warriors on one side or the other are overly enthusiastic about what they are doing and their enthusiasm leads them to do things that may have unintended consequences.

John Kerry Presses Russia: Free Foreigners Held Captive In Ukraine

Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Russia to support efforts to free military observers being held...

Does the Sudden Ukraine Deal Clear the Decks for Obama's Asia-Pacific Tour?

William Bradley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The key to getting Russia to back away from any potential invasion of Ukraine is what it has always been, to ensure that Ukraine, just a few hundred miles from Moscow, does not become a leading outpost of the West and NATO.

Kerry and Lavrov: The London Sessions (Secret Transcript)

Andy Valvur | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Andy Valvur

Lavrov: Shall we go with the usual "constructive dialogue"?

Kerry: Didn't we use that last week?

Lavrov: No, I think we went with "frank exchange of views."


Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Works of art in dark times have often reminded us of our best. It is important to document and reinforce the human spirit when there seems to be so little of it in the world.

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria Gas

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The agreement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov hammered out in Geneva at week's end will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war.

Kerry: Syria Peace Depends On Weapons Talks

Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

By MATTHEW LEE and JOHN HEILPRIN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said...

Lavrov Rejects Snowden Demand

Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW -- Russia's foreign minister bluntly rejected U.S. demands to extradite National Security Agenc...

Of Sports and Building Bridges Between Russia and the United States

Shai Baitel | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Shai Baitel

The cool political relations between Russia and the United States can be - and need to be - balanced with civil society engagement. The people of Russia and the United States are able to transcend political strife, to support each other, and to develop friendly relations and understanding.

Obama Earns His Nobel Prize on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

As pressures mount in Washington for a more aggressive American involvement on behalf of at least some rebel groups in Syria, President Obama has seemed intent on proving the Nobel committee was farsighted in awarding him its peace prize four years ago.

Assad at the Tipping Point

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Two weeks ago the crackdown on peaceful protests at the university in Aleppo triggered a hemorrhage of support for the government. The international reaction to the Houla massacre seems set to accelerate that erosion.

Don't Despair on Annan's Syria Plan -- Yet

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 06.20.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

While it is important for both Washington and its anti-Assad allies to ready a contingency "Plan B" in case the peace effort does fail -- just having one in reserve can deter the Damascus authorities from aborting the peace initiative -- the "Friends" should not be in unseemly haste to bury it alive.

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...

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.

Sri Lanka: West Appalled by Bloodbath but Action is Scarce

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

While U.N. officials have regularly expressed concern at events in Sri Lanka, the bloody war is not high on most nations' agenda.

Clinton Meets Russian Foreign Minister, Begins With Linguistic Hiccup

New York Times | Mark Landler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA -- A carefully orchestrated, closely-watched meeting here between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart began a...