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The burning question is whether Obama and his new team will have the wisdom and foresight to push patiently for a negotiated solution, or whether they will succumb to the temptation to demonstrate the president’s political command.

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By Daniel Levy & Julien Barnes-Dacey - European Council on Foreign Relations, 24 May 13

A rare moment of opportunity has emerged to renew diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syria conflict. The priority now must be de-escalating the level of violence  and the reducing the threat of regional spill-over 

The ministerial meeting [...]

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Stephen Weissman argues in a new essay, “In Syria, Unlearned Lessons from Libya” (In These Times, April 19 2013), that the paradigm of regime change as witnessed in Libya holds unlearned lessons for Syria: “While military intervention succeeded in helping remove a brutal dictator and giving Libyans an opportunity to build a more accountable [...]

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What is needed is sustained engagement with Iran, Russia, and China in order to move the situation towards a negotiated democratic transition, which looks to be the most viable way forward, no matter how unpalatable elements of this may seem to some.

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The fact that civilians are suffering from violence in Syria is undisputed. Beyond that, it is hard to know what is fact, and what is constructed from a familiar narrative of a “responsibility to protect” civilians faced with the threat of atrocity.

The “R2P” narrative follows a familiar plotline: bad government continues offensives designed to [...]

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In his Foreign Policy article, “The World’s Worst Human Rights Observer,” David Kenner argues that the Sudanese member of  the Arab League mission to Syria, General al-Dabi,  is “the unlikeliest leader of a humanitarian mission the world has ever seen.”

Kenner quotes Alex de Waal  on Dabi’s support of the janjaweed militia in Darfur, [...]

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