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Helsinki Meeting Does Little to Clarify America’s Syria Policy – By Joshua Landis 

The Think-Tanks Bark and the IRGC Moves On

Thoughts On Southern Syria

Iran in Syria: “Cognitive Empathy” and Interests

Syria, Deterrence of Chemical Weapons and U.S. Policy in the Middle East – By Joshua Landis

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey – By Joshua Landis 

Beit Jann: Myths and Reality

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States – by Joshua Landis

Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous – by Steven Simon

Farewell to Ibrahim “Abe” Soliman: A Syrian-American Who Worked for Peace between Syria and Israel – By Geoffrey Aronson

Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous’ Assassination

Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East – Interview with Danny Postel

“Syrian Chemical Weapons & the Possibility of Ending the Civil War,” by William R Polk

Brotherhood Figures Block Yaqoubi’s Appointment, Post-Confirmation

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

Syrians Stay Home; Turkey Leads; US Loses Allies

Landis and Yakoubian on Egypt, Syria and Lebanon: Bloggingheads TV

Syrian Authorities Jubilant about Prospect of Mubarak’s Fall and Shifting Balance of Power in the Region

Lebanon Remains Hostage to the Arab-Israeli Conflict with US Blessing

“The ‘Missing Dimension’: Britain’s Secret War against France in Syria and Lebanon, 1942–45,” by Meir Zamir

WikiLeaks: Saudi Proposed Arab Force to Invade Lebanon; Makhlouf Sanctions; Mughniya Murder

China’s Rise Undermines Power of Sanctions as US Diplomatic Tool

Assad Grants State Employees a 50% Bonus as Job Creation Lags

“Why Lieberman?,” by Shai

News Round Up (24 October 2010)

Ahmedinejad in Lebanon

Encouraging Israel not to Settle; Encouraging Iran to Go Nuclear

Syria Gets Better Russian Missiles

News Round Up (13 Sept 2010)

News Round Up (1 Sept. 2010)

Will Obama Abandon the Bush Policy of Punishing Mid East Countries that Oppose Israeli Expansion?

News Round Up (29 August 2010)

News Roundup (August 20 2010)

Will rising tensions in the Middle East lead to another catastrophic war?

News Round Up (14 July 2010)

Is the Obama Peace Effort Over?

“A Peace Crime” by Levy; Will Turkey be Punished?

Hizbullah Arms; Senator Specter to Damascus; Cordesman: “Iranian Threat Exaggerated”

Lesch Article on Assad; Syria Worst at Anti-Corruption; Bush Nixxed Israel 2007 Bombing

Skewed Balance of Power between Israel and Syrian Impedes Peace

Real GDP Growth 5.9%? Turkey and Change in the Region; Fadlallah Dies

What Effect will Turkey’s Switch to Israeli Opponent have on Syria and the Regional Balance of Power?

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

What Are US Tech Firms Doing in Damas? NeoCon Dreams of Regime Change

Overview of Syrian-US Relations

Uri Saguy on Barak’s “Missed Opportunity” with Syria – Didi Remez trans.

US-Syrian Diplomatic War; US Tech Firms to Syria; Trade Union w. Turkey

Israel Pays High Price for Attack on Turkish Flotilla with Aid for Gaza

Israel Wins Twice

News Round UP (23 May 2010) Kerry in Damascus Written up by Blanford, CNN and All4Syria

OneMideast.Org Written up by Ian Black and Joe Macaron

Medvedev’s Visits to Syria and Turkey – News Round Up (14 May 2010)

“Will failure to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict mean a new Cold War in the Middle East,” By Joshua Landis

“A Brief Introduction to the Shebaa Farms Problem” by Matthieu Cimino

News Round Up (May 6, 2010)

Who is Changing the Regional Balance of Power?

Iran, Syria, and US in War of Words as West Bank is Digested by Israel

Freeman: Israel is useless to US power projection

Is a Hizbullah – Israel War Likely?

Turkish-Syria Military; How to Sanction Syria? Obama Keeps Jewish Leaders Happy

Seguy: “It Was Not about Dipping Assad’s Feet into the Water of the Kinneret that Prevented Peace”

US and Israel Agree; Missile Controversy Plays Out

Why are US Analysts Surprised that Syria Arms Hizbullah?

News Round Up (22 April 2010)

The Scud Issues Has Legs – State Dept Summons Syrian Diplomat

News Round Up (19 April 2010)

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Netanyahu: “We will oppose an imposed solution”

Will Obama Unveil a Peace Plan?

Renewed talks between Israel and Syria unlikely

Kerry to Syria Keeps Hope Alive

Why Syria Must Burnish its “Resistance” Credentials in the Face of Obama’s Inaction on Settlement Expansion

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Vice Premier, Explains How Netanyahu “Maneuvers” to Avoid Agreement

News Round Up (21 March 2010)

News Round Up (March 19, 2010)

Syrian Economy; Israel – US Clash

Ambassador Ford Hearings; Petraeus’s Testimony; Hof in Damascus to Discuss Peace

Mearsheimer and Bacevich on Petraeus and the Clash of US-Israeli Interests

Will Israel Flex Its Muscle Further?

Petraeus Asks that Palestinians be Considered Middle Eastern and Not European – Politics Prevail over National Interest

Syria NOT Pursuing Nuclear Power, Biden Flounders, Ford to Confirmation

Devastation in the North East; Left Laments Israel; Right Laments Syria

Clinton to Damascus?

Reactions to the Assad-Ahmadinejad Summit

Assad and Ahmadinejad – “There is No Separating Iran and Syria”

Austrian FM and James Baker III on Syria-Israel Peace Talks

Assad Reaches Out to Business, Turkey, France and the US

Will Engaging Syria deal a “Blow to Iran”? Not Likely.

News Round Up (15 February 2010)

The Case for Syria

Economy Grows at 4%ish; Saudi Handshaking; Israeli-Syria Verbal Jousting

More on New US Amb., War Bluster, Hariri Court

Israel and Syria Threaten War as US Pushes for Talks: Feltman and Abrams Explain US Policy

Has Washington Decided to Focus on Syrian-Israeli Peace?

Syrian Growth Figures; More Scary Drought Figures from the East

“Ecological Peace between Syria and Israel?” by Saleem H. Ali

NGO’s in Syria; Mitchell Should Resign; Egypt and Syria Feud; Assad to Libya

Al-Waleed Bin Talal: “Assad… we are getting him back in the fold”

News Round up (20 January 2010)

“Greater Syria” and “Turkey’s slide toward Syria and Iran” by Rabinovich, Maoz, Moubayed et al.

Has Obama Outsourced the Job of Chastising Israel to Turkey?

Washington Reaffirms Sanctions on Syria as Gift to Israel

News Round Up (27 December 2009)

Hariri Goes to Damascus; US Gives More and Better Arms to Israel

Turkey’s “Zero Crescents, Zero Axises, and Zero problems” Foreign Policy is Catching on.

Sharaa on Turkey, the US, Lebanon; Diplomats on Bus Explosion; Turkey’s Leadership

Is Syria to Blame for the Bombings in Iraq?

Bus Bomb? Syrian-Israel Peace Talks? SSNP, Turkey is Warned, Washington is Broken

“Jordan is a model that works, whether we like it or not,” – Rami Khouri

Bus Explosion in Damascus Sets off Wild Speculation

“Has Syria Won?” in the Economist

News Round Up (25 November 2009)

France Champions Syria While US Says Differences with Damascus are “Profound”

Assad in Paris

Netanyahu Talks Peace for the Press; Syrian Subsidies

Lebanon Gets a New Government

News Round Up (6 November 2009)

Israeli Trojan Horse Proves Lame: Syrians Unveil New Secret Weapon

The Turkey-Syria-Iran Alliance Heats Up; The Economy, Tepid

The Association Agreement; Authoritarianism; and Arab winds of change

Syria’s Four Seas strategy, by Yoav Stern

News Round Up (19 October 2009)

News Round Up (18 October 2009)

Will Syria Give up the Golan as it Gave up Alexandretta?

Angelina Does Damascus; Saudi King on his Way; Syria’s Attitude toward an Iranian Nuke

Can Obama and Sarkozy Succeed?

Syria’s Integration: What Changes Will it Bring?

Syria Seeks to Separate US Relationship from Arab-Israeli Conflict

Hariri Majority thin with Jumblatt Defection; Brits Urge Peace

Sanctions on Hafiz Makhluf and Muhammad Nasif Khayr Bek Extended

Mitchell Moves Ahead With Normalization of US-Sy Relations for Iraq Security and More

What is Mitchel up to in Damascus?

Mitchell to Syria; Arafat Murdered?

News Round UP (Sunday 20 July 2009)

News Round Up (17 July 2009)

Hof in Israel; Britain and Arms

Israel Frightened of Golan on a Platter or Without Platter

Syria Wants Center Stage

News Round Up (9 July 2009)

Will Syria Serve Up Iran on a Silver Platter?

Who Will Be the Next US Ambassador to Syria?

Scholarly Articles; Bolton; First Lady on Democracy

News Round Up (30 June 2009)

Apologies to Howard Schweber and Barak’s Settlement Shuffle

Why Turmoil in Iran Will Not Cause Peace Between Israel and Syria

“Hillary is Wrong About Settlements,” Elliott Abrams & Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Redux and its Implications

News Round Up (19 June 2009)

Syrian-Israeli Peace Made Easy by Cobban

Iran, Mitchell, Lebanon and Iraq

Will Obama Put Syria at the Center of a Peace Plan?

Is Obama Turning into a Bust?

News Round UP (May 16, 2009)

Syria Eats Sanctions but Looks to Mitchell Visit for Understanding

Netanyahu goes for Palestinian over Syrian Track; Lebanon Elections

Lieberman, the perfect foil – Lebanon

Assad to Austria, 5 New Ministers, Oil, and Lebanon Elections

Hizbullah and Elections

News Round Up (12 April 2009)

Ray Close on the Golan

News Round Up (5 April 2009)

Stocks Prices are Up – Peace is Down

Khalid Michal Interview by Paul McGeough

Arab Unity? Yes on Kurds, No on Palestinians, Perhaps on Lebanon

Engagement and its Many Critics

Nasrallah’s Rhetoric Directed East or West?

Chase Freeman Withdraws from DNI

A new strategic alliance: Iran, Syria, Turkey and Iraq?

Sanctions on the Table?

“Middle East Peace and the U.S.-Saudi Relationship:,” by Lippmann

“Why Syria Will Not Get the Golan Back” by Landis

Syria Dresses Up

Kerry’s Visit Brings Some Hope

New Round Up (Feb. 18 2009)

A New Middle East Strategy for the Age of Obama

Balancing “Change” and “Prudence” will be an arduous process for President Obama

New Round Up (31 Jan 2009)

“Syria eyes strategic gains after Gaza war,” by Khaled Oweis

Will Syria Benefit from Israel’s Invasion of Gaza?

The Gaza Diary 3: “Our Heros”

Who Won the War in Gaza?

Assad in Doha: “An Eye for an Eye”

“Palestine’s Bleak Future and Syria’s Disappointment in Obama,” by Landis

Hillary, Gaza, Econ

Asma al-Asad on Gaza: Obama’s Dream Team

“The War in Gaza: Tactical Gains, Strategic Defeat?” by Cordesman

Demo in Damascus: Assad Explains Syria Stand

Haass Rumored to Be New Mideast Pointman

Water and Economics in Syria

The Best on Gaza

Bush Pardons Man who helped Bombing of Damascus

Gaza Killings Divide Arab Countries Further

Top 5 reasons why Israel is attacking Gaza

Peace Talks and the Economy

Syria is the Only Game in Town

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