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The Syrian Question: Srebrenice Again?—Syria Update #3

“Would you sit down with someone who had just killed your wife and sister, to discuss rules which you should follow in the future in…


U. N. General Assembly condemns Syria by by vote of 137 to 12, with 17 abstentions (text of resolution and updated vote breakdown)—Syria Update #6

Today, February 16, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved by an overwhelming margin (137 in favor, 12 against, with 17 abstentions) a resolution (Doc.A/66/L.36)…


China gets free ride on Security Council veto; questions for Xi Jinping; Nivi Pillay before General Assembly—Syria Update #5

A curious thing has occurred since both China and Russia vetoed the draft Security Council resolution on Syria on February 4, which was supported by…



China defends Syrian regime committing crimes against humanity, blocking Security Council action—Syria Update #2

China and Russia on Saturday vetoed a Security Council resolution supporting the Arab League peace initiative and transition plan in Syria, even after it had…



Monumental miscalculation? Russia’s strategic interests in Syria and its defense of the al-Assad regime

Russia has blocked Security Council resolutions on Syria (e.g., in October, 2011) and has been dragging its heels in the current Security Council debate over…


La Russie défend ses interêts stratégiques du XIXème siècle en Syrie, aveugle au XXIème

Armin Arefi, “Syrie : pourquoi la Russie bloque l’ONU,” Le Point, le 31 janvier, 2012 Pierre Avril, “Pourquoi Moscou protège son allié Assad,” Le Figaro,…


Obama’s foreign policy juggernaut, including Tom Donilon, and the risks of hubris (updated)

jug[ger[naut  n.  (altered < Hindi Jagannath < Sans Jagannatha, lord of the world < jagat, world + natha, lord) 1 an incarnation of the Hindu…