Syria News

The Case Against Negotiating With Assad

Oct 31, 2013
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a roll," writes Aaron David Miller. But, he cautions, negotiations with Assad would be a bad move.

Obama Outlines Strong US Role in Middle East at UN

Sep 24, 2013
President Barack Obama outlined his past and future policies toward the Middle East in his September 24 U.N. General Assembly speech. He committed to ensuring the free flow of oil from the region to world markets, dismantling terrorist networks, and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He also promised that the United States would “continue to promote democracy, human rights, and open markets” to achieve peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

The Tally

Sep 20, 2013
The Syrians created a crisis by using chemical weapons in a massive attack on August 21, President Barack Obama threatened force but then vacillated, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, recognizing both Obama's strengths and his weaknesses, stepped up, grabbed center stage, and inserted himself directly into a process he'd long avoided. It shows that the right combination of pain and gain is what creates openings and drives big decisions.

The Myth of Russia’s Diplomatic Victory, or With Allies Like These Who Needs Enemies?

Sep 18, 2013
As war again looms over the Middle East, the world has looked to the so-called “Russian proposal” to keep the peace. Responding to an off the cuff comment by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration has designed a deal whereby Syria would surrender its chemical weapons to international control in order to avoid a US-led military strike to take them out.

Marina Ottaway on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Marina Ottaway comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

Robert Litwak on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Robert Litwak analyzes the implications of Syria for Iran’s nuclear challenge

Aaron Miller on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Aaron David Miller argues that Obama's speech won't sell war-weary Americans on Syria

David Ottaway on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
David Ottaway comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

Robin Wright on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Robin Wright comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

Haleh Esfandiari on President Obama's Address on Syria

Sep 11, 2013
Haleh Esfandiari comments on President Obama's speech to Congress making his case for military action against Syria.

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