Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 In war torn Syria, artillery shells litter the rubble of destroyed homes and cultural heritage sites; but in an art studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the beginnings of the bronze bust of late Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, sits waiting to immortalize this Syrian history now vulnerable to the destruction of war.
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Late to the Game: U.S. Policy in Lebanon and Syria

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog
It has been one month since the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) visited Washington in hopes of receiving military assistance in their fight against the Bashar al-Assad regime and extremist forces in Syria. Since then, if U.S. policy on Lebanon and Syria are viewed together, there were three important “windows of opportunity” in which the United States could have further engaged on Syria while addressing the internal divisions and instability in neighboring Lebanon.
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Obama’s Latest Strategy on Syria: Adding Fuel to the Fire

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog
By Nora Chamma Summer Intern, 2014 According to the Wall Street Journal last week, the Obama administration is now not only seeking to ramp up arms support to the Syrian rebels, but is also working on authorizing a U.S. military-led mission to train the moderate factions involved in the conflict. The operation’s aim is to not only combat Syrian government forces, but to also fight off the increasing number of extremist groups running rampant in the country. Sounds reasonable? Not in the least bit.
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The House Hears Plea for More Humanitarian Aid to Syria

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog
By Nora Chamma Summer Intern, 2014 Last Wednesday, members of Congress gathered for a subcommittee hearing on the humanitarian situation in war-stricken Syria. The hearing featured a number of panelists representing medical and refugee relief agencies, Mercy Corps, CARE, and Global Communities to name a few, working both in and outside Syria.
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On Syria, it’s Strategy over Tragedy

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...

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Syria: Enough Is Enough

Posted on January 27, 2014 in Washington Watch
I wish I could be optimistic about Geneva II, but I cannot. That it happened at all is good. But "good for what" remains unclear. Listening to the speeches at the opening session established quite convincingly that none of the participants were ready to deal with the reality of what has become the most horrific tragedy of this new century.
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Interesting Read: “Washington’s Long History in Syria”

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...

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So Who Doesn’t Want a Political Solution in Syria?

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...

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The Price of Indecision on Syria

Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013 For the past two weeks (if not longer), the international community has been hanging on tight, riding President Obama’s Syria rollercoaster. Everyone is strapped in: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. Congress, a skeptical American public, a divided Arab American community, and most tragically of all, Syrians and those in the region on the front lines of a terrible conflict.
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Why a Strike on Syria without Congressional Authorization is Illegal

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Blog
At this point, it is unclear whether military action against Syria will be necessary in order to resolve the standoff over the Assad regime’s reportedly use of chemical weapons, given the alternative proposals apparently inadvertently suggested by Secretary of State John Kerry. What has become abundantly clear, however, is the lack of support the Obama Administration has over its proposed action, which was prompted by the chemical weapons attack last month that killed more than one thousand civilians.
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