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Obama, Putin and Syria: Commentary on the fallout from Obama’s backdown

(1) Jacques Schuster, “Meinung: Russland Garantiemacht aller Schurken in Nahost,” Die Welt, 19 September 2013. Im Syrien-Konflikt halten sich sieben Parteien für den Gewinner. Kann…


Details in U.N. inspectors’ report on chemical weapons massacre at Ghouta point ineluctably to al-Assad (with link to report); more commentary

Developing–check back for updates The text of the UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors’ Report is found below (with link). United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of…


Obama, Putin and Syria: Commentary

Roger Cohen, “An Anchorless World,” New York Times, September 12, 2013. Laure Mandevill, “Syrie : Obama sort de la crise affaibli face à Poutine,” Le…


REPRISE: Goals to guide the international community in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #62 (July 11)

Originally published May 29, 2012 With talk of orchestrating a Yemen-style transition in Syria through agreement between Russia and the United States, it may be…


Obama-Putin meeting at G-20 in Mexico (video of joint press conference and transcript of related news conference)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #55 (June 19)

Updated September 9, 2012 Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin held a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Baja California,…


Goals to guide the international community in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #47 (May 29)

With talk of orchestrating a Yemen-style transition in Syria through agreement between Russia and the United States, it may be useful to address the question…


After G-8 “agreement on Syria”, the fighting continues—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #41 (May 23) REVISED

G-8 Camp David Final Communique: Statement on Syria 1. We, the Leaders of the Group of Eight, met at Camp David on May 18 and…


U.S. Covert Action in Syria?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #40 (May 22)

The “Covert Commander in Chief” and America’s real policy toward Syria Indeed, as pointed out in our previous article, statements from Obama and his administration…


Obama clueless on Syria? G-8 endorses UN peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #39 (May 21)

Latest News Reports and Opinion Clashes over the weekend following the killing of two Sunni clerics at a roadblock in Tripoli, under ambiguous circumstances, have…


U.N. says peace plan “on track” as up to 43 people killed on Friday—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #34 (May 4)

Points 4, 5 and 6 of the UN Peace Plan Kofi Annan’s 6-point peace plan for Syria, adopted by the Security Council in its Presidential…