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  • Syrian hourglass

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 22, 2012 | 3:32 pm


  • Start planning now for transition in Syria

    February 15, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Syria is in the midst of a civil war. The common wisdom both from inside and out is that the Assad dynasty is doomed to follow the plight of Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Gadhafi in Libya, not to mention Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The questions are how, when and how many...

  • ‘Assad will fall, but not so quickly’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 15, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Moshe Maoz, professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, talks to Rosner’s Domain about Israeli policy on Syria.

    What should Israel’s policy be regarding Syria at the present time?

    Israel couldn’t do very much. Basically, Israel should...

  • February 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2012 | 5:41 am

    Antinuclear Assassinations
    Whoever is behind the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists should be praised not censured, writes James Kirchick in The Weekly Standard.

    The logic behind this assassination campaign—and it should be reasonable to assume at this point that the deaths of...

  • Why doing something on Syria is a strategic concern for the US

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 6, 2012 | 7:12 am

    There’s nothing shockingly surprising about Russia and China’s decision to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on Saturday night. Can China really go along with a resolution that calls to “put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their...

  • Embattled Assad to make speech on ‘internal issue’

    January 9, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad, locked in a violent struggle against a wave of unrest, is to make a speech on Tuesday on “the internal issue and international and regional developments,” state media said.

    The SANA news agency gave no further details. Assad, whose forces are accused...

  • Interior Minister: Suicide bomb kills 26 in Syria

    January 6, 2012 | 11:16 am

    A suicide bomber killed 26 people and wounded 63 in Damascus on Friday, Syria’s interior minister said, vowing an “iron fist” response to the carnage in the heart of the Syrian capital after similar attacks two weeks ago.

    The blast came two days before an Arab League committee was...

  • White House warning: Assad must end crackdown or face ‘additional steps’

    December 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Obama administration warned that the international community will take “additional steps” to pressure Syria’s rulers to end their crackdown unless they agree to the full withdrawal of forces from residential areas.

    The statement issued Wednesday by the White House, reiterating...

  • UN: Syria in state of civil war, death toll 4,000

    December 1, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Syria is in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top U.N. human rights official said Thursday.

    “We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable...

  • Arab League cracks down on Syria

    December 1, 2011 | 10:21 am

    The Arab League stepped up sanctions against Syria over its violent suppression of a popular revolt.

    The Cairo-based umbrella group of Arab countries, which last month expelled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, announced a travel ban Thursday against 17 Syrian VIPs. Assad...

  • Analysis: Syria’s Assad seen ignoring Gadhafi’s fate

    November 21, 2011 | 11:42 am

    The chilling spectacle of Muammar Gadhafi’s brutal end last month and the capture of his son Saif Islam this week, far from deterring Bashar Assad, seem to have energized him into redoubling his efforts to crush Syria’s eight-month rebellion.

    As the Arab League intensified Assad’s...

  • Syria: Deal reached with Arab League on unrest

    November 1, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Syria said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

    State media reported the deal, without giving details, saying an official...

  • Opinion: Is Assad next?

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    October 25, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Bashar Assad must have felt a chill when he saw the pictures of Muamar GadHafi’s final moments and knowing that Syrian crowds were chanting, “Assad is next.”

    There are differences between the uprisings in Libya and Syria, but the outcome will be the same: one more tyrant...

  • Opinion: Syrians want Assad to go

    October 19, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    The cycle of protests followed by increasingly violent military crackdowns in Syria has resulted in approximately 3,000 dead and more than 10,000 arrests. While the United States and its allies reacted with relative swiftness in calling for regime change in Cairo, Tripoli and Tunis,...

  • Obama tells Assad to ‘step aside’

    August 18, 2011 | 10:17 am

    President Obama has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign in the wake of attacks by his government that have killed thousands.

    “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,” Obama said in a written statement Thursday morning.

  • White House: Syria would be a better place without Assad

    August 11, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    President Barack Obama emphasized his deep concern about the Syrian government’s use of violence against civilians in a phone call Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said.

    The two leaders agreed that the bloodshed must immediately end, the White...

  • Susan Rice: Syria ‘better off’ without Assad

    August 10, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, offered the strongest sign yet that the Obama administration is seeking the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    “Syria would be better off without Assad,” Rice said in a Twitter post Wednesday. “He’s lost his legitimacy.”


  • 30 reported dead in Syria even as Turkey joins global condemnation of Assad regime

    August 9, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Syrian forces killed at least 30 civilians in tank assaults on Tuesday and moved into a town near the Turkish border, activists and witnesses said, even as Turkey’s foreign minister pressed President Bashar Assad to halt assaults on protests against his rule.

    The Syrian National...

  • AJC, ADL press U.N. for firmer action against Syria

    August 4, 2011 | 11:38 am

    A U.N. Security Council statement condemning Syria’s crackdown on dissidents was inadequate, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League said.

    In its statement Wednesday, the United Nations condemned the “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force...

  • Clinton: U.S. has no stake in Assad staying

    July 11, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is “not indispensable” and the West has “nothing invested” in keeping him in power, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The remarks by Clinton, holding a press conference Monday with Catherine Ashton, the top European Union foreign...

  • Syria security forces shoot dead 16 as Sunni city of Aleppo sees first killing

    June 17, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Security forces shot dead 16 protesters at several demonstrations across Syria on Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad, a main activists’ group coordinating protests said.

    The deaths included the first protester to be killed in Syria’s second city, the commercial...

  • Syrian forces kill 34 in Hama as crackdown intensifies

    June 3, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Syrian security forces shot dead at least 34 demonstrators in Hama on Friday, an activist said, in one of the bloodiest incidents in their crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s rule.

    In a pattern seen every Friday since mid-March, protesters have...

  • Obama walking a fine line on borders issue

    May 24, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Read David N. Myers’ counterpoint here.

    One week ago, on May 19,  President Barack Obama delivered powerful remarks on democracy and reform in the Middle East. He not only raised these normally hortatory ideals to top-tier U.S. interests, but he put the dictator of America’s most...

  • Assad blames protests on ‘Israeli agenda’

    March 30, 2011 | 8:46 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed recent anti-government protests on “enemies with an Israeli agenda” during an address to the nation.

    “Our enemies work every day in an organized and public fashion to hurt Syria,” Assad said Wednesday in his first public address since...

  • Cheney talks Iran in Israel; U.S. strike seen as remote

    By Leslie Susser

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    With U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Israel this week talking about Iran, the big question was whether President Bush would be willing to use military force in the waning days of his presidency to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

    The answer from most Israeli intelligence...

  • Pelosi’s delegation to Syria—who said what to whom?

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Did Rep. Nancy Pelosi drop the ball in the Middle East? Was she fouled? Was there a ball at all?

    Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, earned White House vituperation -- unusual for its intensity in even these partisan times -- after delivering what she said was...
  • Sharon Spurns Syria Peace Talks Push

    By Leslie Susser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Syria's President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father.

    But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks -- or at least saying he wants them.

  • Bush Slaps Several Sanctions on Syria

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has imposed sanctions on Syria, heeding the call of lawmakers and American Jews who wanted the Bush administration to get tougher on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The president imposed several sanctions Tuesday, banning U.S. exports to Syria, except for food and...

  • Sharon Cool on Assad Peace Offer

    By Leslie Susser

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once upon a time, a Syrian president calling for peace talks would have been met by Israeli leaders rolling out the red carpet.

    But Bashar Assad's recent overtures toward Israel, first made in an interview with The New York Times, have failed to excite Israeli decision-makers.


  • Fearful Assad Places a Risky Bet on Saddam

    By Leslie Susser

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has inherited much of his late father's parochial paranoia, Israeli analysts argue -- but little of his astute political judgment.

    In the first Persian Gulf War, the wily Hafez Assad lined up on the side of the U.S.-led coalition, the analysts note,...

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