Syria

Backgrounder

Syria: Has Assad Dodged a Bullet?

Author: Esther Pan

Bashar al-Assad, whose regime looked shaky under international pressure last year, is consolidating his power and cracking down on dissent. Despite a UN probe linking Syrian officials to the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Assad appears to have gained some breathing room.

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Backgrounder

State Sponsor: Syria

Author: Holly Fletcher

Syria has a history of aiding terrorist organizations, and is one of five nations on the U.S. State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. Along with Iran, Syria has given substantial backing to Hezbollah.

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Backgrounder

Syria's Leaders

Author: Esther Pan

As international attention focuses on the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, cfr.org profiles some of the nation's top leaders.

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Event

Syria Update

Speaker: Elliott Abrams
Speaker: Ed Husain
Moderator: Irina A. Faskianos

Elliott Abrams and Ed Husain, CFR senior fellows for Middle Eastern studies, lead a conversation on the current situation in Syria and discuss challenges that lie ahead, both for the country and the international community.

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