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August 19, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Sanctions on Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama’s call yeste…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2010. (Benoit Tessier/courtesy Reuters)

March 22, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Great Lakes Policy Forum

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October 11, 2011

United States
Syria: No Fly Zone or Not

Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters). In mid-August, talk show host Stephen Colbert …

 Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters).

October 5, 2011

International Organizations
No Profile in Courage: Syria, BRICS, and the UNSC

A woman holds a Syrian flag in a protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad on October 3, 2011. (Majed Jaber/Courtesy Reuters) On Tuesday the United States and Europe sought to pass a UN …

No Profile in Courage: Syria, BRICS, and the UNSC

August 23, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Qaddafi’s Exit Obama’s Vindication?

Libyans celebrate in Benghazi on August 23, 2011 after rebel fighters entered Tripoli. The poster features images of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Fren…

Libyans celebrate near the court house in Benghazi August 23, 2011 after rebel fighters entered Tripoli. The poster below displays images of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.S. President Barack Obama (L-R). REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS)

September 9, 2011

The World Next Week: The Lessons of 9/11

A view of the World Trade Center North Tower memorial pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. (Susan Walsh/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon…

A view of the World Trade Center North Tower memorial pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

January 19, 2012

International Organizations
Breaking the UN Deadlock on Syria

Despite Arab League monitors in Syria, the death toll of the regime’s brutal crackdown on protestors is rising. The situation in Syria raises the question: Why did the United Nations authorize an int…

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after their Friday prayers in Kafranbel

February 6, 2012

International Organizations
Lessons from the Russian-Chinese Double Veto

On Saturday, Russia and China cast a double veto of a UN Security Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan for an orderly departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria…

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to China Ambassador Li Baodong during a U.N. Security Council

June 12, 2012

International Organizations
RIP for R2P? Syria and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention

The ratcheting up of violence in Syria, including the massacres of civilians in Houla and Qubair, is placing extraordinary pressure on the Obama administration to match its tough anti-atrocities rhet…

People carry the body of men, whom activists say were killed by the Syrian government army, in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city April 5, 2012. Picture taken April 5, 2012. (Shaam News/Courtesy Reuters)

May 31, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Egypt’s Vote and Syria’s Massacre

Significant Middle East Developments Egypt. The Presidential Elections Commission officially announced Monday that there will be a run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq for the presidency…

A man cleans the scene of the burnt campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Cairo on May 29, 2012 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters).