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What Our UN Ambassador Sees in Syria's Brutality

Monday, March 23, 2015

We joined Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to observe a new art installation that captures the raw horror of the conflict in Syria. Hear her reaction. 

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Syria: How to Move Forward in 2014

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The past year was pivotal for Syria. As President Bashar al-Assad fought to control the country's future, rebel groups splintered, and the West looked for diplomatic options in an increasingly complicated conflict. Mona Yacoubian, senior advisor for the Stimson Center's Middle East Program and project director for the Pathways to Progress: Peace, Prosperity and Change in the Middle East initiative, reflects on the Syrian conflict in 2013 and looks forward to how the U.S. should move forward in 2014. 

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The Takeaway

Assad's Control Strengthens in War-Torn Syria

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In Syria, fighting has claimed 100,000 lives, forced two million refugees to flee their homes and left three million others internally displaced. Joining The Takeaway is Reese Ehrlich, who’s just returned from Damascus as a special correspondent for the Global Post. He’s also the lead author on a series of special reports for the Global Post called In the Land of Cain and Abel.

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The Takeaway

Syrian War Journalist Shares the Last Moments of Marie Colvin's Life

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Marie Colvin, acclaimed reporter for the British Sunday Times, was killed in Homs in February 2012. Paul Conroy was at the center, and was badly hurt in the attack that killed his colleague Colvin. He discusses his new book "Under the Wire," the remarkable journey he shared with Colvin, the attack that killed her, and the prospects for peace in Syria.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama's political gamble on Syria

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Obama's political gamble on Syria

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Civil War Becoming a Regional Conflict

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The conflict in Syria has spread to become a regional war, creating tensions between Shia and Sunnis in neighboring countries. Each action on the ground in Syria, and the perception of gains or losses, reverberate across the region. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East/Southwest Asia program at The Stimson Center explains the increasingly regional nature of the war.

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The Takeaway

Secretary of State Kerry in Moscow for Talks on Syria

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Moscow, in the hopes of reaching an agreement with Russia on how to move forward in Syria. Nikolas Gvosdev, National Security Affairs Professor at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, discusses the meetings and its possible outcomes.

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The Takeaway

With 70,000 Syrians Dead, Why are Chemical Weapons the Game Changer?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Obama says the United States will not intervene in Syria unless there is clear evidence that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime. But with already 70,000 people dead in this conflict, are we splitting hairs over the techniques used to kill people? Does it really matter how people are being killed?

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The Takeaway

Syria's Dictator Losing His Grip

Monday, December 17, 2012

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad continues to loose his grip on power. How much longer will he be able to hold on, and at what cost? Robin Wright is a journalist who has been covering the Middle East since 1973.  

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The Takeaway

Syrians in Support of President Assad

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Following recent reports that Al Qaeda has infiltrated the Syrian opposition this week, maybe it's time to ask: Is there a case for President Bashar al-Assad staying in power?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Conflict intensifies in Syria

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Conflict intensifies in Syria

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The Takeaway

Damascus in Disarray

Friday, July 20, 2012

It’s been two days since a bomb ripped through a high-level meeting that killed Bashar Al-Assad’s defense minister and brother-in-law. And the capital of Damascus is seeing its worst violence yet. Some are saying Damascus is looking more likely than ever to fall, and that it could happen sooner than anyone thought possible. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, has been observing the situation from Beirut.

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The Takeaway

President Assad's General Defects

Friday, July 06, 2012

In a surprising move in Syria, Manaf Tlass, who served as a general in Syria’s Republican Guards, has defected. Tlass was a member of the Damascus aristocracy and was close to President Basha al-Assad.

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The Takeaway

Russian Delivers Arms to Syria

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russia's shipment of attack helicopters to Syria will escalate the conflict there. Yet Moscow says its deliveries to Syria are in line with international regulations and that it plans to continue shipments. Diplomatic hopes have rested on Washington and Moscow agreeing on a transition plan that would end the four-decade Assad regime.

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The Takeaway

Has Syria Become President Obama's Bosnia?

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A little over a week into the multi-national military intervention last year in Libya, President Obama boasted that it only took his administration 31 days to intervene compared to the year it took international forces to send air power. Obama made the comparison to Bosnia with Libya, and now many are making the same with Syria.

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The Takeaway

The United Nations and the Threat of a Syrian Civil War

Friday, June 01, 2012

In the aftermath of last week’s Houla massacre, Syria appears on the brink. The threat of a full-scale, open civil war looms and fears are growing around the country’s violence spilling out across the Middle East. A first-time filmmaker whose debut documentary, “U.N. Me,” traces and critiques the history of the U.N., discusses how the organization should act in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Syria's Only Hope?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The massacre at Houla forced the world to remember the ongoing violence in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly killed 12,000 civilians and doesn't appear willing to stop. A coalition of opposition groups called the Syrian National Council has emerged as the best political force to fight the regime. But how effective has the Council really been?

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The Takeaway

Defining the 'Tipping Point' for Intervention in War

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All this week The Takeaway has followed the news out of Syria, where a horrific massacre at the hands of Syrian government troops in the village of Houla recently left 108 civilians dead, including a number of children, most murdered at close-point range. Are we at a tipping point in Syria?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Austerity backlash in Europe and UN monitors in Syria

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