Tag Archives: Syria

Borders and Bodies

The world has recently seen what seems like a sudden eruption of violence and disorder, from civil war in Ukraine and Iraq and Syria to Israel’s invasion of Gaza.  There is also Boko Haram attacking young men and women in … Continue reading

Posted in The Global Economy, The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Putin plays his hand well – but with what result?

President Vladimir Putin has skillfully taken advantage of the opening given, almost by accident, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for Russia to frame the debate on what to do about the civil war raging in Syria. Russia’s strategic … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts, U.S. Politics | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Syria Classified Cable

“Starting this fire will be like a spark in a large store of gunpowder, with unclear and unspecified outcomes and consequences,” Khamenei told Iranian Cabinet members this week. “The U.S. threats and possible intervention in Syria is a disaster for … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Too late now to intervene in Syria

Readers of this blog know that I have long advocated US intervention in Syria’s conflict — short of sending in ground troops, but to include establishing humanitarian aid corridors, liberated zones, no-fly zones, and weapons to rebel groups.  The main goal of … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Syria to lock down or explode

Ian Bremmer did a wonderful take on the deteriorating situation in Syria for the Financial Times.  He points out this is now a full-fledged proxy war, with Hezbollah and Iran fully committed to backing their proxy, Bashar al-Assad, who is … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Egypt Riots, Syria Suffers — Sad anniversary of the Arab Spring

The riots and resumption of martial law in three cities in Egypt had led many to again call the Egyptian revolution a failure.  Meanwhile, as Syria’s Assad declines to depart and marshalls his forces for further attacks in Homs, that … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Who will help Syria’s opposition?

Senator McCain has boldly called for NATO to do in Syria as it did in Libya; utilize air power to create safe havens for the opposition.  While this is a step in the right direction, I think McCain goes to … Continue reading

Posted in The Middle East Revolts | Tagged , | Leave a comment