Analysis Brief

Brinksmanship in Lebanon

The assassination of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent anti-Syrian cabinet minister, further destabilizes a shaky political balance in Lebanon. The nation is left teetering at the edge of a crisis, the effects of which could ripple across the region.

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Analysis Brief

Bashar Clamps Down

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is carrying out the worst crackdown on political dissidents since 2000, when Assad came to power. Some experts see the move as a sign of the regime's confidence as international pressure over the assassination of Rafik Hariri fades.

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Analysis Brief

Assad Bruised but Resilient

Last year, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad looked ready to topple after it was linked to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. But as international attention shifts to crises in Iran and Iraq, Assad seems to have dodged a bullet.

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Analysis Brief

Syria Cooperates in Hariri Inquiry

Syria has agreed to cooperate with the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri one year ago. Questions over Syria's sincerity remain, as international pressure on Damascus wanes and Lebanon struggles with internal tensions not seen since its civil war.

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Analysis Brief

Pressure Seems to Ease on Syria

A year after the assassination of Rafik Hariri, international pressure on Syria seems to be losing some steam. The opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is diffuse and disorganized, and many Syrians appear to value stability over the threats posed by regime change.

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How to Save Syria From al Qaeda

Author: Leslie H. Gelb
Daily Beast

Leslie H. Gelb writes that the aim now in Syria can't be just to help the rebels and get rid of Assad; it must be to prevent al Qaeda's extremist cohorts from grabbing power.

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SCUDs and Syria

Author: Elliott Abrams
National Review

Elliott Abrams argues that if indeed Syria is supplying Hezbollah with SCUD missiles, Israel's right to self defense as well as the relevant UN resolutions allow military action against this threat--and the United States should make this clear.

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The Syrian Crackdown

Author: Mohamad Bazzi
The Nation

Mohamad Bazzi argues, "Washington's diplomatic engagement with Damascus should not come at the expense of democracy and human rights activists."

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