Analysis Brief

A Bomb in Damascus

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

The assassination of Hezbollah’s mastermind and new U.S. sanctions against Syria could have lasting effects for regional stability and the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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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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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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The Problem With Vows to 'Defeat' the Islamic State

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle and Jacob Shapiro
The Atlantic

In recent weeks, ISIS has suffered territorial losses on multiple fronts, including in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. The organization may look nearer to defeat than at any time in the past two years, but there is still a great deal of fighting to be done before the group is destroyed, or more likely beaten back to an underground terrorist organization as it was in 2009.

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A Peace Plan for Syria II

Authors: Philip H. Gordon, James Dobbins, and Jeffrey Martini
RAND Corporation

Philip Gordon, along with James Dobbins and Jeffrey Martini of RAND, discusses how Syria could decentralize power in order to reduce violence and save lives while the parties work toward a more comprehensive long-term transition. 

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