The opposition in Syria needs a government more than it needs guns.
President Obama’s 72 hour visit to Latin America widely ignored the critical issues of drugs and immigration due to the delicate nature of U.S. negotiations on immigration as well as the security issues associated with the illicit drug trade.
There seems to be a widening gap between what is needed in Syria and what the Friends of Syria are actually willing to do.
By keeping its word to prevent the Syrian regime from using poison gas, the United States will help the opposition and will be in a better position to influence the eventual outcome without being responsible for it.
Women’s influence has been increasing in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, but they will have to compete with the Qubaysiyat.
The Syrian conflict will worsen considerably before the principal parties are ready to negotiate in earnest. At that point, the presidential election scheduled for May 2014 is likely to be the linchpin of an agreed exit.
The best way for all to benefit from the east Mediterranean’s offshore resources is to forge a path toward peace in Syria and the region and to establish frameworks for economic and security cooperation in this sector.
The solution to the Syrian crisis lies in building a state within rebel-held territory that can replace the regime in Damascus.
Following the Syrian crisis, Turkey's main role will be that of providing reconstruction aid.
The Syrian National Coalition claims to be the official representative of civilian and rebel groups. However, it must empower the grassroots structures and engage political constituencies and state institutions to effectively lead the country.