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Why Assad has to stay

Commentary: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Not in a three-way civil war. Syria's leader must remain in power — and the US must support that position.

The Art of War: Can Syrian artists save Aleppo's soul?

BEIRUT, Lebanon — One day this summer, a group of mostly young civilians navigated the warrens of Aleppo’s Christian quarter, toward the deadly and often fluctuating frontline between Syrian government forces and the rebels fighting the regime. Above an alley roughly 20 meters from the frontline, the group of young artists hung up their latest project: a bunch of compact discs carefully arranged to spell out a message in both Arabic and English. 'Art is peace,' the CDs read.

Israeli analysts praise chemical disarmament in Syria but question timetable

JERUSALEM — UN inspectors are slated to begin talks Wednesday with the government of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about how to carry out the ambitious — some say impossible — task of dismantling the estimated thousand-ton chemical weapons arsenal Syria has amassed since the 1970s.

Syria: What are we missing?

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — The question of who was behind last month’s chemical weapons attacks in Syria is an emotional hot-button issue. Like evolution or global warming, no amount of scientific evidence will persuade those committed to a certain viewpoint.

Russia remains skeptical of UN report on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday called into question the findings of a UN report that confirmed a chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people last month, suggesting the event was a 'provocation' by anti-regime forces and calling for a wider investigation.

US-Russia chemical weapons deal on Syria: 3 questions with Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Yes, the deal is done. But how good is it? GlobalPost's senior foreign affairs columnist decodes this weekend's diplomacy.
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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama at the G20 summit. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
Yes, the deal is done. But how good is it? GlobalPost's senior foreign affairs columnist, and diplomat extraordinaire, decodes this weekend's frantic diplomacy over Syria.
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Among Syria's rebels, anger at US about-face

BEIRUT — The United States will “betray the world” if it does not launch military strikes against Syrian regime forces. At least that's what Mohammed Saeed, a rebel fighter in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, says.

Game, set and match to Putin?

Vladimir Putin had had enough. The Russian president spent far too long absorbing criticism from the United States on everything from human rights to his country’s foreign policy. It’s no wonder, then, that the former KGB spy and his country’s most popular politician is basking in the glory of having flipped the diplomatic bird to the United States.

Among many, another way forward to an end game in Syria

Commentary: Like other plans, this one carries its own share of risks.
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A fighter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) runs across a street in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sept. 12, 2013, following fighting against rebel forces who control 75 percent of the camp. The PFLP-GC has been allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama decided to give diplomacy a chance, to see if the Russian initiative can place Syria’s chemical weapons and materials under international control. He asked Congress to delay any vote to authorize airstrikes if these efforts fail. Congress was hesitant to give the president approval for military intervention for many good reasons: current conditions on the ground, the benefits were dubious and the risks were significant. There was no clear end game in sight, one that would stop most killing and the immense threat to regional stability posed by the ongoing civil war.
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