Syria

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How Iran Gains From Assad Victory

Michael Young interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Syria's presidential elections help the Assad regime consolidate power and boost the regional influence of Iran and Hezbollah, says expert Michael Young.

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Small Steps to Syrian Transition?

Edward P. Djerejian interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Though it's unlikely the Geneva II talks on Syria will yield major breakthroughs, movement is possible on humanitarian aid, cease-fires, and prisoner exchanges, says former ambassador to Syria Edward P. Djerejian.

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Looking Toward Geneva II on Syria

Frederic Hof interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

If the Geneva II conference on Syria takes place as scheduled next week, its best outcome would be a green light from Assad's regime for greater humanitarian relief, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

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How to Weaken the Assad Regime

Frederic Hof interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The United States should cripple the Syrian government's ability to kill masses of its own people and openly intensify its support to opposition forces, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

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The UN Inspectors' Job in Syria

Amy E. Smithson interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The search for evidence of chemical weapons in Syria is painstaking and hampered by harsh conditions, but could yield decisive findings as debate over military action intensifies, says expert Amy E. Smithson.

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Syria's Continuing Civil War

Mona Yacoubian interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The pitched battle for Syria's future could eventually pull the country apart and precipitate a seismic sectarian shift in the region, says Mideast expert Mona Yacoubian.

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The Hezbollah Connection in Syria and Iran

Matthew Levitt interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

In recent years, the strategic alliance between Iran and Hezbollah has grown to the point where the Lebanese militant group's fealty to Tehran is paramount, a dynamic currently on display in Syria, says counterterrorism expert Matthew Levitt.

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Syria's Regime Change Challenge

Ed Husain interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

The Syrian opposition has realized that Assad likely cannot be toppled militarily, but must be pushed out through a negotiated solution, says CFR's Ed Husain.

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