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    Ceasefire in Syria Fizzles As Violence Spills into Turkey

    A ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces appeared, for a moment, to be on the horizon. But in reality it was nothing more than a mirage that evaporated over the weekend when dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government demanded concessions from the opposition who have been under unceasing attacks for the past year. The Guardian … More

    Latest U.N. Security Council Act Won't Stop Assad

    The U.N. Security Council finally reached an agreement on Syria yesterday. In typical U.N. form, it amounts to more talk than action. Russia and China acquiesced to a non-binding presidential statement calling for “a ceasefire in Syria and opening conflict areas to humanitarian aid.” The statement contains no ultimatum for … More

    Meet Al-Nusra, Another Bin Laden Wannabe Group

    The group that claimed responsibility for a double-suicide bombing that killed 27 people in Syria is widely regarded as a front organization for al-Qaeda in Syria. The Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant, which claimed responsibilities for the attacks, bears all the marks of another bin Laden wannabe group. The … More

    Senate to Prevent Rosoboronexport Helicopter Sales to Afghanistan?

    Recently, 17 Senators expressed a concern over U.S. government trade ties to Rosoboronexport, a leading Russian arms exporter that supplies weapons to the defiant Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. On March 12, the Senators addressed a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stating that “Russia remains the top supplier of … More

    Bahrain vs. the Media

    Since the uprising erupted last year, Bahrain has continued to experience unrest. Despite continuing reforms by the government, the opposition movement has steadily hardened its stance against the al-Khalifa monarchy. Last weekend, protests in Bahrain escalated in one of the most violent confrontations between the opposition movement and police. Tens … More

    Global U.S.–Russian Rivalry Fuels Syria Clash in the U.N.

    On Monday, Washington and Moscow clashed yet again in the U.N. Security Council over what to do about the bloody conflict in Syria. Neither side came up with a solution the other one agrees to. But this rivalry is about much more than just Syria. According to the AP wire … More

    McCain Calls for Air Strikes on Syria

    Senator John McCain (R–AZ) yesterday called for a U.S. military intervention in Syria that would include air strikes on Syrian government forces to protect the Syrian people. McCain said that “Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that … More

    Obama Hearts Israel . . . Oh, Really?

    At the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in Washington today, President Barack Obama delivered a speech on US-Israeli relations under his presidency, but with the bad parts left out. “I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel,” Obama declared, “At every crucial juncture – at … More

    Why the EU’s Foreign Policy Approach Will Never Work

    The latest round of European Union (EU) sanctions against Syria, agreed today in Brussels, proves why the EU’s “common denominator” approach to foreign policy will never work. Although the EU adopted strong measures against the Syrian central bank, these same measures could easily have been taken much faster outside the … More

    Beijing and Damascus

    As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has found two steadfast allies: Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). While Russian interest in Syria may be rooted in the longstanding ties between Moscow and Damascus (and the substantial amount of arms that Syria … More