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Media Conference Call: Violence in Syria

with Elliott Abrams, Robert M. Danin, Robert McMahon
As the uprising continues in Syria, the international community moved to condemn the Assad regime in the aftermath of the government's attacks on the city of Hama. CFR's Elliott Abrams and Robert Danin discuss how these developments affect U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East.
Analysis Brief

Responding to Syria's Aggression

by Deborah Jerome
The Syrian regime's intensifying crackdown on protesters has alarmed some countries in the region and stirred international concern, but there is little consensus about how to curb the violence and little appetite for military intervention.

Defusing Lebanon's Powder Keg

by Mohamad Bazzi, Deborah Jerome
Lebanon faces new sectarian violence, and tensions along its border with Israel threaten to boil over. CFR's Mohamad Bazzi says to help avert conflict, Washington must eventually engage with the most powerful force in Lebanon: Hezbollah.

Innovative Solutions in Responding to Future Challenges

with Arwa Damon, Strive Masiyiwa, Sarah Sewall, Richard Williamson, Wolf Blitzer
This meeting is part of the symposium entitled Imagine the Unimaginable: Ending Genocide in the 21st Century, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and CNN.

The UN Security Council

by Zachary Laub
The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.
Other Report

The Global Regime for Armed Conflict

A comprehensive guide to how international institutions, governments, and NGOs around the world are attempting to prevent and contain armed conflict. This is part of the Global Governance Monitor, an interactive feature tracking multilateral approaches to several global challenges.
Council Special Report

Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East

by F. Gregory Gause III
Gause posits that, though the Arab Awakening has caused tensions in Saudi-American relations, the two countries do not face a crisis and still have significant mutual interests that should be prioritized.
Other Report

Advancing Human Rights in the UN System

by Suzanne Nossel
Former deputy assistant secretary of state Suzanne Nossel argues that U.S. participation in the UN Human Rights Council has made the body a more credible watchdog and has been an effective venue for advancing American policy goals.