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Romney: Obama ‘has failed to lead’ in Syria, Middle East

US President Barack Obama has “failed to lead in Syria” and the broader Middle East, and strains between his administration and ally Israel are emboldening Iran, White House hopeful Mitt Romney warned Monday. Making the case in a major foreign … Continue reading

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Russia’s Putin seeks Mideast clout and to soothe Arabs

By: Steve Gutterman Arab ambassadors delivered a clear message to Russia’s special Middle East representative this month as Syria’s envoy watched in silent discomfort: You are on the wrong side of history. Russia’s envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, differed … Continue reading

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Syrian air force officer defects, tells horrors of Houla massacre

A senior Syrian military officer decided to defect and join opposition forces after witnessing hundreds of pro-regime militiamen massacring more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla one week ago, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The Houla massacre, which … Continue reading

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Assad threatens peace in Middle East, says David Cameron

By: Daniel Bentley David Cameron today accused Syrian president Bashar Assad of endangering peace in the Middle East with his increasingly bloody crackdown on opponents. The Prime Minister warned that the Assad regime’s actions threatened to plunge Syria into full-scale … Continue reading

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Kurdish Protests of 2004 Are Honored in Syria in 2012

QAMISHLI, Syrian Kurdistan, — Syrian streets were once again filled with protesters last Friday, as has been the case for most Fridays throughout the course of the year-long revolution. However, for Kurds, this Friday, nicknamed “In Solidarity of the Kurdish … Continue reading

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Plenary 3: Spring forward, fall back: Revolutions & their remains

This discussion focused on the new and historic wave of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa this year, and what the Arab Spring could mean for the world.

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In the Arab World, It’s the Past vs. the Future

By: Thomas L. Friedman In 2001, a book came out about George Mitchell’s diplomatic work in Northern Ireland that was entitled “To Hell With the Future, Let’s Get On With the Past.” One hopes that such a book will never … Continue reading

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