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6th December 2012 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

UN Envoy Says Clinton, Lavrov to Work Together on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today, renewing a diplomatic push to end Syria’s civil war.

6th December 2012 - Cited by Michael R. Gordon and Ellen Barry, The New York Times

UN Envoy Is Seeking a Deal to Oust Assad From Syria

With the support of the United States, the United Nations special envoy on Syria is mounting a diplomatic push for a brokered agreement that would lead to the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Katie Glueck, Politico

US Ambassador Warns Syria

If the Syrian government crosses American “red lines” by using chemical weapons against its own people, that will “change our calculations in a fundamental way,” Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria...

6th December 2012 - Cited by David S. Jackson, The Washington Times

Conference Mulls the Hard Choice Between Dictators and Dissidents

James Woolsey, Reuel Marc Gerecht

It wasn't that long ago that the question posed by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' (FDD) annual national security conference — "Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?"

5th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

What Good is It Giving the Turks Patriot Missiles?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press reports: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says NATO’s decision to send Patriot missiles to Turkey is a clear message to Syria: Turkey is backed by its allies.

4th December 2012 - Quoted by Democracy Digest

‘Sun Setting’ on US Chance to Shape Syria’s Transition

The United States is losing its chance to shape Syria’s post-Assad transition, according to a U.S.-based activist group. It will be too late to win over Syrians’ “minds and hearts,” if the administration doesn’t act soon...

3rd December 2012 - Cited by Max Fisher, The Washington Post

The Growing Divide Between Israel and Europe

Benjamin Weinthal, Jonathan Schanzer

Late Sunday, Barak Ravid, the scoop-prone diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, published an arresting, if qualified, story: the U.K. and France are considering recalling their...

2nd December 2012 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Springtime for Assad

Claudia Rosett

We are beginning to doubt whether Bashar Assad is a genuine reformer. Our latest clue comes from NBC News, which reported yesterday that "the Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons...

2nd December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The UN Vote on Palestine: Profiles in Cowardice

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week's vote to extend non-member observer status to the Palestinians at the United Nations was a virtual primer on what is wrong with the U.N., the European Union, the Palestinian Authority and the United States...

2nd December 2012 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Analysts: Egypt’s Military Won’t Buck the Brotherhood

Egypt's military played a decisive role in the 2011 uprising that ended the rule of dictator Hosni Mubarak in the face of a popular uprising. The generals are likely to stand aside this time, however, as...

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Ghaffar Hussain, The Commentator

Jihadist Perceptions of the ‘Arab Spring’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Whilst it is widely agreed that the Arab Spring will have an enormous impact on al-Qaeda and the worldwide jihadist movement, there is no consensus on what this impact will look like.

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Adam Chandler, Tablet

On Why the Czechs Voted With Israel

While Europe was seemingly “lost” in the words of one Israeli official with regard to yesterday’s vote on the Palestinian status at the United Nations, one European country held firm: the Czech Republic.

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

New US Sanctions Proposed for Iranian Energy, Shipping

Mark Dubowitz

Two U.S. senators who pressed for the economic sanctions that have reduced Iran’s crude oil exports and earnings have proposed additional steps to force Iran to curb its suspected nuclear weapons program.

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Roberta Rampton, Reuters

Senate Set to Consider Broader Economic Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. Senate is set to consider a broader set of economic sanctions on Iran's energy, port, shipping and shipbuilding sectors, as lawmakers look for new ways to pressure Tehran to stop efforts to...

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Craig Timberg and Babak Dehghanpisheh, The Washington Post

Syria’s Internet Shutdown Leaves Information Void, May Signal Escalating War

Syria’s civil war went off­line Thursday as millions of people tracking the conflict over YouTube, Facebook and other high-tech services found themselves struggling against an unnerving national shutdown of the Internet.

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Blackout in Damascus: Syria’s Winter of Discontent

In recent days, some seasoned members of the Syrian opposition have been watching the situation in Damascus with a sense of alarm. The heavily secured capital—once considered an untouchable...

30th November 2012 - Quoted by Fernando Alfonso III, Daily Dot

Syria Loses Internet Access as Fighting Continues in Damascus

While the world tries to solves the mystery behind the country-wide Internet outage in Syria, one activist believes the government of President Bashar al-Assad may be behind it.

30th November 2012 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Senators Push for New Round of Sanctions on Iran in Shipping, Energy Sectors

Mark Dubowitz

Senators pressed ahead Thursday on a new set of tough sanctions against Iran’s domestic industries as it seeks to cripple the Islamic republic’s economy and thwart its nuclear ambitions.

29th November 2012 - Quoted by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Congress Set to Consider New Iran Sanctions Package

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate will soon take up a new package of Iran sanctions, which if approved, could force the administration once more to implement new punitive measures on Iran.

29th November 2012 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Undue Recognition

Jonathan Schanzer

The United Nations is poised to officially recognize the state of Palestine, an unprecedented international endorsement that would enable the Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials for what the Palestinians...


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