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The Young Dictator Problem

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
John Feffer

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. He refuses to be ignored. One way or the other, we're going to have to deal with the young dictator.

The Syrian Geneva "Peace" Conference: Whistling Past the Graveyard?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The sad reality is that neither Assad nor his divided adversaries have any intention to lay down their weapons anytime soon. "Geneva" is no great breakthrough. Rather, it reflects the depths of international impotence.

Key Syrian Opposition Group Refuses Geneva Peace Talks

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.13.2013 | World

A key group within the Syrian opposition National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva and would quit the Coalitio...

Syria Rebels: It's Not The Chemical Weapons, Stupid

The Huffington Post | Erin Mcdonough | Posted 09.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

UN chemical weapons inspectors are scheduled to return to Syria within weeks to continue their investigation, following the release of their initial r...

Assisting Syrian War Victims

Sahr MuhammedAlly | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Sahr MuhammedAlly

Given the escalating conflict with no end in sight, thinking about assisting civilians after the conflict is a challenge. But planning to assist those harmed should start now.

No to War As an Entitlement in Syria -- or Anywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Obama administration policy toward Syria is a slow train wreck. Unremitting pressure from war-minded elites is pushing President Barack Obama closer to military intervention in the bloody civil war. Yet getting involved would be a fool's errand.

The Simmering Rivalry Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have challenged each other for greater influence across the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab Awakening began by placing bets on different horses.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

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.

Why Have Democrats Abandoned Syria?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

History will not kindly judge the Democratic Party foreign policy establishment for turning its back on the plight of the Syrian people.

If There Is No Plan B for Syria, How About a Plan C?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Administration officials keep gravitating to the simplistic assertion that when it comes to Syria, there is no Plan B since Plan B may compel direct military intervention. But I can drive a ten-wheeler between existing U.S. policy and putting boots on Syrian ground.

Is it Possible to Salvage the Faltering Syrian "Ceasefire"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

An absence of imaginative, strategic diplomacy as the year-long crisis in Syria unfolded has caught the U.S. with dwindling options as the oxymoronic UN ceasefire collapses. Consequences abound as a result for U.S. interests across the region.

How to Run a Revolution: The Success of Libya and the Failures of Syria

Matthew VanDyke | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Matthew VanDyke

Syria is headed down the path of a protracted, disastrous civil war that could last for another year or more. This revolution has been mismanaged from its inception and if drastic measures aren't taken to change course it will be a disaster.

Setting Up Triage in Syria: Strategies to Save a Struggling Nation's Minorities

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

The world must not allow the Syrian crisis to "play itself out," as some analysts have suggested: This threat to the country's minorities (many of whom are unarmed) is simply too great, and the consequences too severe, to play this sort of Russian roulette on a national-societal scale.

Joshua Hersh

WATCH: Syrian Activist Says Western Intervention Must Comprehensive | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.07.2012 | World

NEW YORK -- As the debate over how to support the opposition in Syria grows louder in Washington, a Syrian activist closely affiliated with the opposi...

Dichotomy of Syria's Friends

Sami Moubayed | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Sami Moubayed

The Friends of Syria conference didn't address demands for regime change. Instead it sought the minimum: allowance for humanitarian aid. But Syria isn't pleading for aid from the international community.

Failing Syria: Why the World Must Prepare Now for Assad's Fall and the Aftermath

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 02.09.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

What are the possible scenarios for a post-Assad Syria, in both the short- and long-terms, and how is the global community prepared to deal with them?

Time to Reset Russia's Syrian Offense

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's high time to toss aside diplomatic niceties and place Russia in the diplomatic stockade for its sheltering of the illegitimate Bashar al-Assad from global wrath.

How Syria's Ruling Apparatus Became Its Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time has run out for President Assad. Following the mass killings, suffering and deprivation of basic human rights that the Assad regime has perpetrated on his people, under no circumstances will Assad be able to restore his legitimacy as a ruler.

Can Assad's "Iron Fist" Be Broken?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Is there any way to "break" the regime's so-called "iron hand" short of outside Libya-style military intervention, which is just not in the cards for both practical military and diplomatic reasons? So far, there really is no light at the end of this tunnel.

Why There Will Be a No-Fly Zone in Syria

James Miller | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
James Miller

With each passing day, the reasons for avoiding intervention in Syria are falling by the wayside. The conflict is escalating, the humanitarian crisis is deepening, the opposition is organizing, and the geopolitical situation is becoming more favorable.

The Syrian Opposition Is Changing Course

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Burhan Ghalioun, a potential leader of the new, post-Assad Syria, took the plunge this week and declared that the new regime will cut off relations with Iran, and stop the arms supplies to both Hamas and Hezbollah.

SOS From Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Perhaps Syrians may be asking for the impossible from the West, but they deserve what is realistically possible and that is considerably more than what they are getting now.