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

Obama Talks with Syria Begun

New Round Up (31 Jan 2009)

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

What the Middle East Needs is the “Audacity of Hope”, by Hind Kabawat

Will US talk to Hamas? Many say, “Yes”

Will Syria Benefit from Israel’s Invasion of Gaza?

“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

Haass Rumored to Be New Mideast Pointman

Bush Pardons Man who helped Bombing of Damascus

Gaza and the Geronimo Effect

Gaza Killings Divide Arab Countries Further

Peace Talks and the Economy

Syria is the Only Game in Town

News Round Up (December 19, 2008)

Waging Peace in Atlanta, by Britta Froelicher

Obama likely to appoint Ross, Kurtzer and Indyk says Haaretz

Carter in Damascus as US and Israel try to Pressure Syria on UN inspections

Netanyahu Agrees to Give Syria Talk, but Not Golan

News Round UP (6 December 2008)

IMF Report on Syria: Non- oil exports increased 23.5 percent

Obama T-shirt From the “Axis of Evil”

“A New U.S. Policy For Syria,” by Seth Kaplan

Nukes, Obama Policy Advice, the New Team

“We will not allow another [IAEA] visit”

The Nuclear Mess – Where Does it Leave Syria?

Britain and Syria Resume Intelligence Sharing

“No longer the pariah President,” by Peter Beaumont

“Murder in Abou Kamal,” by Imad Moustapha

Emanuel Apologizes for Father’s ‘Arab’ Comments, but Press Doen’t Publish Except on Blogs

“Listening to Syria” by David Lesch

Rumsfeld’s secret raids on Syria

Emanuel’s Father Calls Arabs Floor Cleaners

Obama Dispatches Malley to Syria?

“Obama Aims to Engage Foreign Allies, Adversaries,” by Jay Solomon

Obama and the Middle East

“American dream expelled from Syria” by Sami Moubayed

Bush’s Final Violent Outburst Causes Exasperation

Syrian Officials Deny Syrian Complicity in Raid

Imad Moustapha on Raid: Newsweek & FP

Comments from Jihad Makdissi

12 Opposition Leaders Sentenced

Petreaus Proposed Visiting Syria: VP Refused him Permission.

Protests in Damascus

“Twilight Struggle” by Eli Lake

Raid Coverage by Wash Post, Moubayed, LATimes, NYTimes,

More on the Raid

Is the US Raid is a “Parting Shot” by the White House?

Syria accuses U.S. in deadly helicopter attack

News Round Up (25 Oct. 2008)

Interview with Ambassador Imad Moustapha: Peace Talks, Hizbullah, Palestine

News Round Up (19 Oct. 2008)

News Round Up (17 Oct. 2008)

Syria’s Joint Bank Venture: Syrian Embassy to Open in Lebanon

“What to talk to Iran About,” by Baer

News Round Up (11 October 2008)

News Round Up (8 Oct. 2008)

US to Lift Sanctions on Syria? More on Syrian Military North of Lebanon

Why Syria Doesn’t Want War with Israel

“Syria Talks Spur Speculation” by Jim Lobe & More…

US-Syrian Thaw: Welsh and Muallem Talk

Syrian Troops on the Lebanese Border are to Confront Smuggling

Syria Comment Returns + News Roundup

Baker calls Bush ‘ridiculous’ on Syria

News Round UP (13 Sept. 2008)

News Round Up (12 Sept. 2008)

Sarkozy in Syria

The Middle East Waits for America

Along the Road to Damascus, lessons in conflict resolution.

Israel Peace Negotiator Quits; Hamas Leader Leaves Damascus

News Round UP (1 Sept. 2008)

Syria & Lebanon Should Hold Simultaneous Talks With Israel

Bush’s Policy of No Dialogue with Syria is Costing US Lives

Has the US Missed a Chance for Arab – Israeli Peace?

Kouchner Visits Syria

Biden on Syria

New Cold War or Merely Jockeying for Position? What Does Syria Want?

Syria’s Response to the Russian-Georgian Conflict

News Round Up (18 Aug. 2008)

Muhammad Suleiman Murdered

Building Towards Peace

Syria is Ready for Peace.

Andrew Tabler: “The U.S. Can Help Tackle Syrian Corruption”

Walid Jumblatt Sets a New Course

News Round Up (27 July 2008)

Samir al-Taki’s talk at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC

“U.S. to meet three Syrians, but no warming in ties”

Daoudi Cancels Trip to Washington: Syria-US Relations Remain… Well.. Not Good

“Regional Players Bypass Washington In Brokering Deals,” by Jay Solomon

News Round Up (20 July 2008)

The Prisoner Swap Controversy

America’s Role in Israel-Syria Talks

Assad in Paris

Lebanon Gets a Government

As Paris Boosts Assad, US Adds Sanctions (10 July 2008)

Assad: “Bush Cannot Make Peace;” Economist on Syria’s Economic Outlook

Prisoner Swap; Golan; Negotiations

Syrian-Israeli Talks, More Iran

News Round Up (28 June 2008)

The US and Siniora seek to push back against Hizbullah and the Opposition

News Round Up (20 June 2008)

“Syria’s Assad Says More Groundwork Needed Before Olmert Meeting”

Syria Pegs Hopes on India and Econ. Liberalization

Will Assad and Israeli President Shimon Peres Meet in Paris?

“Obama’s Mideast Experts Emphasize Talks,” by Jay Solomon

“What Syria stands for: The moral argument for US friendship with Syria,” by S. Farah

Can the US and France agree on a Post-Doha Lebanon Policy?

Bashar Will Always Have Paris: Obama has AIPAC

News Round Up (10 June 2008)

Economic and Political Isolation of Syria Crumbling Fast

Moubayed on the Lebanese Cabinet: News Roundup (7 June 2008)

“It’s Time to Talk to Syria” by Kerry and Hagel

“Israel, Don’t Undermine Beirut,” by Joshua Landis with Help from David Schenker

“America’s Gulf Arab allies and Syria,” by Alex

Nukes, Golan, Lebanon and the Shifting Balance (3 June 2008)

News Round Up (2 June 2008)

“An Economic Plan for Syria’s Future,” by Ehsani

News Round Up (31 May 2008)

Observations of a German journalist in Beirut

Syrian Media – The Challenge and the Need to Act

Bush Promises Support that Analysts Say He Cannot Give

Bush Administration Policy in Disarray

Hizbullah Proves it Does Not Want a Tehran on the Mediterranean

The War is Over: What Were They Thinking?

By Provoking Hizbullah, Is Washington Hoping for a Showdown?

More Firms Find Ways Around Sanctions on Syria and Iran

“What are the Prospects for Syrian-Israeli Peace?” by Seale, Khouri, & Allaf

News Round Up (1 May 2008)

U.S. pressures Turkcell to abandon Syria deal & other Economic News

News Round UP (29 April 2008)

News Round Up (28 April 2008)

Syria’s Reactor

Nukes or Peace?

“The March to War: Israel Prepares…” by Nazemroaya

“Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,” by Barstow

Carter in Damascus: al-Jazeera by Clayton Swisher

News Round Up (18 April 2008)

President Assad is “more optimistic than any time before.” / Carter is “very upbeat”

News Round Up (15 April 2008)

Did Chirac know?

Upping Diplomatic, Judicial, Economic and Military Pressure on Syria is Unlikely to Work

Carter May Meet Hamas Leader Mashaal

Brother Accuses France of Killing Siddiq: US Accuses French and Swiss of Breaking Spirit of Sanctions

News Roundup (6 April 2008)

Economic War: Syria’s New Struggle

Summitry 3: Can the Effort to Isolate Syria Hold?

Rami Makhlouf Speaks to the WSJ

Summitry (26 March 2008)

News Round Up (23 March 2008)

Syrians and Lebanese Respond to Statement that “Syria Needs to Articulate a Clear Lebanon Policy”

“Shaping Lebanon’s Future,” by Bilal Saab

What is Behind Israeli Offers of Peace Negotiations?

News Roundup (15 March 2008)

Can the International Tribunal Change Syrian Policy?

News Round Up (12 March 2008)

News Round Up (11 March 2008)

The United States presents Cinerama in Damascus, 1954

News Roundup (8 March 2008)

“The Gaza Bombshell,” by David Rose

Saudi Arabia Calls on its nationals to leave Lebanon

Syria Pooh Poohs U.S.-Saudi Effort to End Influence of Syria and over 50% of Lebanese

News Roundup (28 February 2008)

Syria’s Stand on Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Withdraws Ambassador From Damascus

Can Israel and Syria Break the Middle East Deadlock?

Syria sees no chance for peace this year

Will Sanctions and the Mughniyah Killing Make Syria Blink?

The Missed opportunity in Lebanon

It’s Not About Nukes: Stopping Missile Tranfer from N. Korea to Syria

News Roundup (23 January 2008)

(Saudi) Money can’t buy you love … or success

News Roundup (15 Jan. 2008)

Arab League Mediation in Lebanon Fails

“U.S. Wary of Warming Syrian-Turkish Ties,” by Deborah Amos on NPR

Who is at Fault in Lebanon? The Blame Game Heats Up

The Regional Lebanon Deal: What Does it Mean?

“President Bush to make first trip to Syria,” by Alex

The soldiers of truth are back

Hamidi on Franco-Syrian Relations and Lebanon

Syria Stands by Lebanese Allies: France distraught: Lebanon in Continued Crisis

“Syrian Americans: The Identity Balancing Act,” by Salma al-Shami

The US Has NO Lebanon Policy

Israel Says No to Syria; Lebanon Says No to France

Sarkozy: “Your last opportunity is Saturday.” Assad: “I Said No to Nukes.”

Lebanon and the Art of Kabuki Theater

Lebanon Languishes: Bush and Sarkozy Threaten

Crackdown, Cranks, China, and the Cost of Gas Oil

“How to Defuse Iran,” by Leveretts

Paranoia in the Land of Cedars

Iraq Wants US to Engage with Syria and Iran. Facebook Minister Soaped

Bush Engages for Foes as Syrians Make a Come Back

Lebanon, Iran & US

“Landis: Syria Key to Middle East Peace Process,” CFR Interview with Gwertzman

Maybe the NIE Is Not So Good for Syria?

What Does the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran Mean for Syria?

Best of Comments on US Opening to Syria

How the Lebanese Delegation was Blindsided at Annapolis

“U.S. Seems to Soften Syria Stance,” by Solomon & Simpson

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