Congress is About to Blow a Negotiated Settlement in Syria
September 09, 2013
A vote by Congress to reject the resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize military force in Syria will add to the long list of unintended consequences already produced by bad policy choices on Syria.
U.S. Strike on Syria: Good for Iran's President, Bad for the Hardliners
September 05, 2013
Following the recent chemical strikes in Damascus, some analysts began to focus on whether Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had the will or ability to change the Islamic Republic's policy toward Syria (see PolicyWatch 2123).
Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013
As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.
President Obama Should Heed What Senator Obama Said About Authorizing Military Action
August 28, 2013
I have a pretty broad view of presidential power to use military force abroad without congressional authorization.
The Assad Loyalists who Might Still Crack
August 23, 2013
The regime's cadres have held together through two years of war, and they will likely continue doing so unless Washington and its allies present them with a stark choice: leave and live, or stay and die.
How Obama Should Respond to Syria's Alleged Chemical Attack
August 22, 2013
U.S. backsliding on red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons only encourages the Assad regime to make choices that increase the likelihood of direct U.S. intervention.
Syria's Victims Tell Their Stories
August 19, 2013
The Syrian civil war, now in its twenty-ninth month, has led nearly two million Syrians to flee their country. More than 500,000 of them have headed south to neighboring Jordan, a number that is expected to reach one million by year’s end.
Записки из подполья
August 14, 2013
25 января Антон Красовский, лояльный Кремлю журналист, пригласил в свою программу на государственном канале Kontr TV группу трансвеститов.
Eight horrific and uplifting stories about being gay in the new Russia.
Iran's New President Makes a Promising First Move
August 06, 2013
Hassan Rouhani, a man of ferocious pragmatism and an unfailing ability to find and align himself with the center of power in Iran’s labyrinthine political structure, was sworn in Sunday as the seventh president.