Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on February 07, 2014 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Spring Intern, 2014
With recent news that Secretary of State John Kerry may be searching for a new approach on Syria, coupled with his harsh critique of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s use of barrel bombs against civilians, the dismal outcome of the Geneva II negotiations is becoming increasingly apparent. Nearly 1,900 Syrians were killed during the span of the recent talks and it was reported that the Syrian government is far behind schedule when it comes to surrendering their chemical weapons arsenal.
Kerry’s apparent change in tune...Read more
Posted on January 27, 2014 in Washington Watch
Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Blog
We came across a very interesting article today from The National Interest about “Washington’s Long History in Syria.” The author, Ernesto J. Sanchez, writes an informative article arguing that before considering significant escalation of US intervention in Syria, lawmakers (and the general public for that matter) should take a hard look at history. Sanchez focuses on America’s role in Syria going back to the Cold War era when the CIA sponsored a military coup in 1949. The article details how a once benign relationship between the US and Syria deteriorated as Washington increasingly endeavored through...Read more
Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013
By the look of things, almost everyone in the international community wants a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
On Tuesday, President Obama reiterated his calls for a political solution at the United Nations General Assembly. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran made similar overtures hours later. A few days ago, Russian President Vladmir Putin announced that “the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states agree that the only solution to the Syrian crisis is through peaceful political settlement.”
Numerous world leaders can be heard making the same...Read more
Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Blog
Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Blog
Posted by on September 09, 2013 in Blog
By Isaac LeveyLegal Fellow
The likelihood that Congress will authorize American military intervention in Syria is rapidly diminishing. Almost no one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria, and few serious people (but some Members of Congress) doubt that President Bashar al-Assad was responsible. Yet there simply is not enough support, among the American people or their representatives in Congress, to get an authorization of military intervention through both houses of Congress. Some of this can be attributed to an isolationist “none-of-our-business” mindset: a desire to avoid yet another military...Read more
Posted by The Hill on September 06, 2013 in News Clips
A prominent pro-Israel group on Tuesday swung its considerable political influence behind President Obama’s call for military strikes against Syria.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) broke its silence on the Syria question, issuing a statement that urged lawmakers to grant the president “the authority he has requested to protect America’s national security interests and dissuade the Syrian regime’s further use of unconventional weapons.”
“The civilized world cannot tolerate the use of these barbaric weapons, particularly against an innocent civilian population including hundreds of children. Simply put, barbarism on a mass scale must not be given a free pass,”...Read more Original Article