Syria

What You Need to Know About Syria Today
September 16, 2013

• U.S., Russia Strike a Syria Deal That Only Goes So Far.  If the framework agreed over the weekend is effectively followed, it will eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of next year. On Monday the U.S., France and Britain agreed

What You Need to Know About Syria Today
September 13, 2013

It’s Day Two of U.S.-Russian Syria Talks in Geneva. By some accounts, they started on shaky ground. Russia and Syria insisted the U.S. give up its “policy of threats” – the threat of military action that the U.S.

An Israeli Strike on Iran Just Got More Likely
September 12, 2013

John Kerry’s accidental diplomacy may have saved President Obama in Washington, but here in Israel, the White House’s indecisiveness of the last few weeks will cast a long shadow.

What You Need to Know About Syria This Morning
September 12, 2013

Geneva Talks Begin Today. The Business Insider dubbed it the “U.S.

The New Truthers: Americans Who Deny Syria Used Chemical Weapons
September 11, 2013

Eager to forestall a U.S. intervention, Bashar al-Assad has agreed to relinquish his stockpile of chemical weapons—a stockpile that, until this week, he denied even possessing.

Is There a Future for Moderate Islamic Politics? A Q&A with Olivier Roy
September 11, 2013

Syria is disintegrating. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government has been overthrown, and its leaders are behind bars. Iran has a new president. The debate between Islamists and secularists in Tunisia is heating up.

Worldwide Mustache Expert Weighs in on Assad's Upper Lip
September 11, 2013

Bashar al Assad shares something in common with Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco, Augusto Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, and Robert Mugabe. They all sported distinctive mustaches.

What You Need To Know About Syria: Daily Summary 9/11
September 11, 2013

Obama’s Speech Delays Strike, Explores Diplomatic Opening: 

My Train Ride with Donald Rumsfeld
A vignette
September 11, 2013

As the President addressed the nation about the crisis in Syria, I sat waiting for the Acela to Washington at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station when an old man walked past me, trailed by an entourage from the K-9 unit. The hard, squinting eyes behind the glasses, the pinched brow, and the pencil-line lips were unmistakable: It was Donald Rumsfeld, just shrunken and more frail.

Obama Steps Back from the Syria Brink
A few lucky breaks led to a different speech than we expected
September 11, 2013

Barack Obama’s speech on Syria had a peculiar structure.

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