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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Thursday, April 26, 2012