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Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Now that President Barack Obama has decided that the war on terror has entered a new phase, he plans to devote a greater effort -- in the immortal words of John Lennon -- to giving peace a chance. That shift is already underway. The indefatigable John Kerry seems to be engaged...

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Analysis: The road to Syria peace talks

Analysis: The road to Syria peace talks

A proposed conference in Geneva is gaining traction with the US and Russia throwing diplomatic muscle behind the plan. United Nations    New chances that international peace talks will take place in Geneva in the next month hang in the balance of ongoing diplomatic...

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A Syria Strategy for Obama

A Syria Strategy for Obama

This piece is part of " Obama and the Middle East: Act Two ," a series of policy proposals for the president's second term by Washington Institute fellows. The Assad regime's brutal suppression of the Syrian uprising has spurred a humanitarian disaster, with the United Nations now...

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With Assad, or without him?

With Assad, or without him?

Russia and Iran will be keen to see Bashar al-Assad step down as soon as his seven-year term is up in 2014,  according  to  Professor Fawaz Gerges , the director of the Middle East centre at the London School of Economics. He said that the way Russia and the United States...

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Can Russia and the West End Syria's Chaos

Can Russia and the West End Syria's Chaos

For analysts familiar with the politics of Syria, the country’s descent into chaos amounts to an all-too-predictable pattern. It also parallels what  Rami Makhlouf , a major regime figure and first cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, bluntly announced in an interview with...

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Endgame for the Syrian National Coalition

Endgame for the Syrian National Coalition

Endgame for the Syrian National Coalition   The international conference called for by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to end the conflict in Syria may not actually take place. And if it does, it is unlikely to succeed. At...

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