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Syria: is it time for the West to talk with Assad?

Saudi Arabia, Shi’ism and the Illusion of Reform – by Robert G. Rabil

60 years after Iraq’s 1958 July 14 Revolution by Christopher Solomon

Winning in Syria and the Middle East – By David W. Lesch and Kamal Alam

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

It Would Have Been Preferable Not to Militarily Intervene in Syria – By Ambassador @nikolaosvandam

U.S. Involves itself Ever Deeper in Middle East with No Clear Strategic Interest – By Sam Farah

The Last Thing the Middle East Needs Now Is Another War  – By Robert Rabil

Trump May Be Right – By David W. Lesch

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

Foreign intervention in Syria: Isn’t it time to admit that the war against the Syrian regime is lost? – By Nikolaos van Dam

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

Assessing Nikaolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate – by Steven Heydemann

“No Justice for Khan Sheikhoun,” by Aron Lund

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

Will the U.S. Abandon the Kurds of Syria Once ISIS is Destroyed? by Landis, Itani, Simon

Who Gassed Khan Sheikhoun? The Investigation Begins

End of US Support for Syrian Rebels Sounds Death Knell for Attempt to Roll Back Iran & Russia in Syria – By Joshua Landis

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

China, the U.S, and the Future of the Middle East – By Sam Farah

Russia’s Escalation in Syria: Making It Tougher to Fight ISIS? – By Nicholas A. Heras

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War – By Joshua Landis

Aleppo and America’s Syria Policy – by Robert G. Rabil

“Turkey’s Syria Intervention,” by Joshua Landis

“Who is to blame for Syria’s nightmare?” By Ehsani2

“What the Rebel Loss of Aleppo Will Mean for Syria,” by Landis, Heras, Lund & Abdulhamid

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

“Regime-Change without State Collapse is Impossible in Syria,” Landis Interviewed by RT’s Sophie&Co

Media Maskirovka: Russia and the Free Syrian Army

How to Understand Those 60 Trainees

Train-and-Equip: Fight for Pluralism in Syria

J.K. Gani’s “The Role of Ideology in Syrian-US Relations” — Reviewed by Julio Rivera

Nusra’s Offensive in Idlib & its Attempt to Destroy Washington’s Allies. November 2014

Joshua Landis & Robert Ford discuss Syria at Wilson Center event

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

“Why Syria’s Assad heads to Geneva from a position of strength,” by Joshua Landis

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

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Vision of Syria’s Future

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies, Egypt Cuts Syria Ties

Sorting out David Ignatius

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

“Women: The Forgotten Victims” by Aida Dalati

“Syria’s Long Civil War” by Glenn Robinson

Will Sanctions Bring Down the Syrian Regime?

Qaddafi’s Death, Mazoot Prices, Opposition

The First Legally Binding Decision Against Syria Fails At the U.N. (By Ehsani)

Opposition National Council Formed; Opposition Gets Armed; Building Boom in Syria as Sanctions Bite;

Four of Syria’s Biggest Businessmen Hit with EU Sanctions as Anger and Fear Spread

“We Will Have to Eat Brown Bread,” Adib Mayaleh, Head of Syria’s Central Bank

Sanctions and Their Impact; The Opposition Forms Transitional Parliament

Baath Party Calls Emergency Meeting; Latakia; EU Weighs Broad Sanctions

“The US Won’t Use Force against Syria,” Chief of Staff Mike Mullen; Armed Gang Controversy

An interview with Bassam Alkadi, President of the Syrian Women Observatory

Syrian Opposition to Meet in Turkey: May 31 – June 2

Obama to Assad: “Lead that transition, or get out of the way.”

Assad Sanctioned – What Can it Do for America?

US closer to declaring Assad’s rule in Syria illegitimate

Clinton Calls Bashar al-Assad a “Reformer” -Syria Lifts Emergency Law

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

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

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

Obama Trapped in Bush’s Lebanon War

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

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

Wikileaks: “General Rifi is convinced that Syrian authorities are directly responsible for all three crimes,” said a cable classified by Jeremy Feltman

Wiki Leaks: First Cut

“Defining a Constructive Role in the Middle East,” by Ahmed Salkini

Can the US Convince Hariri to Stand up to Hizbullah with the Lebanese Tribunal?

More WikiLeaks – Kerry: “Israel should return Golan”

Syria Gets Better Russian Missiles

News Round Up (13 Sept 2010)

“Bush White House Wanted to Destroy the Syrian State by Force and With Urgency,” Tony Blair

News Round Up (29 August 2010)

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

News Round Up (22 July 2010)

Is the Obama Peace Effort Over?

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

Skewed Balance of Power between Israel and Syrian Impedes Peace

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

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

News Round UP (23 May 2010) Kerry in Damascus

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

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

US and Israel Agree; Missile Controversy Plays Out

Why are US Analysts Surprised that Syria Arms Hizbullah?

“Syria’s National Day Celebrations at the Library of Congress”, by Ford Prefect

Missiles and More

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)

Why Having a US Ambassador in Damascus is Important

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Ambassador Ford’s Confirmation Delayed

Netanyahu: “We will oppose an imposed solution”

Renewed talks between Israel and Syria unlikely

Kerry Creates Good Will in Damascus

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

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

“The Armenian Genocide: The Islamist and Kemalist Consensus,” by Firat Demir

John Kerry and Leveretts Talk to Assad

Clinton to Damascus?

Reactions to the Assad-Ahmadinejad Summit

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

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

Obama Nominates Ambassador to Syria as Businessmen Rush in

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?

“The US Censors Syrian Internet,” By Idaf

Hariri Speech Reveals Bad Arabic; Adam Ereli Possible Ambassador to Syria

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

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

Will India’s Proposal to Invest Billions in Iran Undermine US Sanction Drive? Is Turkey the Winner?

“Has Syria Won?” in the Economist

News Round Up (25 November 2009)

Syria and Iraq and Lebanon and ….

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

Netanyahu Talks Peace for the Press; Syrian Subsidies

Lebanon Gets a New Government

“The Murders at al-Sukariya” by Reese Erlich and Peter Coyote

Can Obama and Sarkozy Succeed?

Is Syrian-US Engagement at an End?

Syria Seeks to Separate US Relationship from Arab-Israeli Conflict

The American MidEast Leadership Network’s Virtual Scrapbook

Sanctions on Hafiz Makhluf and Muhammad Nasif Khayr Bek Extended

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

First analysis of the Mitchell Meeting

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)

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

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

Ambassador Redux and its Implications

News Round Up (19 June 2009)

News Round Up (June 17, 2009)

Steps Syria has Taken to Win US Favor

Syria’s Battle for the Hearts of the West, by S. Farah

“Will There Be a US Ambassador in Damascus by September?” By Landis

News Round Up (June 2, 2009)

Kerry’s Unusual Role in Mediating U.S.-Syria Relations

US-Syria relations: time to hit the reset button?

The Reasons for ‘Syria’s Positive Caution’ Toward Obama Policy,” By Ibrahim Hamidi

Is Obama Turning into a Bust?

News Round UP (May 16, 2009)

Ire over US Sanctions Causes Policy Review in Damascus

Syria Eats Sanctions but Looks to Mitchell Visit for Understanding

Obama Sanctions Syria

Obama Should not Renew Executive Order Sanctions on Syria this Weekend

Imad Moustapha and National Day – The Golan

News Round Up (12 April 2009)

Farid Ghadry’s Leadership of the Reform Party of Syria Expires

News Round Up (8 April 2009)

“The Return of the Old Middle East,” by Greg Gause

News Round Up (5 April 2009)

News Round Up (April 1, 2009)

Summit Shame and Hersh’s “Syria Calling”

Engagement and its Many Critics

Nasrallah’s Rhetoric Directed East or West?

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

Is the US Becoming More Humble or Just Less Silly?

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)

Asad, “An ambassador is important… There is nothing real yet.”

Ambassadors, Kerry, Levey, Sanctions, and Peace

A New Middle East Strategy for the Age of Obama

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