Annan Quits as Syria Mediator as US Authorizes Covert Support

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 10:12 am

Kofi Annan has stepped down as the international crisis mediator for the UN on Syria, in an acknowledgement that without unity on the Security Council, nothing will be done at an international level.

Russia Hints at Giving Up on Syria

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 5:48 pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s continued survival is predicated on their Russian patrons to a large extent. So this shift from Moscow is really a crushing blow.

Western Nations Expel Syrian Envoys

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:20 pm

The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. The name missing from that list is Russia, whose Foreign Minister yesterday said that the rebels share the blame with the government for the massacre. This Russian roadblock prevents serious action by the UN Security Council.

Syrian Cease-Fire Tenuous, Fragile

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 9:07 am

I think it would be a mistake to look at the tenuous success from the first day of a cease-fire in Syria and pronounce the cease-fire solved. In fact, the government isn’t honoring the cease-fire. It included a provision to have the regime pull back their security forces from the major cities. They have not done so. Tanks still set outside the major urban centers.

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