The fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to Assad’s forces shows that the regime is poised to secure its position for the long term. The opposition must address its serious shortcomings.
The two-year-old Syrian conflict sharply escalated in recent weeks, hence necessitating a renewed U.S.-Russian effort to find a solution to the crisis and solve inner tensions within the Syrian opposition.
The diplomatic confusion around the Syrian crisis is huge. Analysts and columnists are at a loss to make any sense out of it, and maybe diplomats are too.
Lebanon is struggling to accommodate a massive influx of refugees fleeing the war in Syria. The crisis will escalate unless Beirut takes direct action.
Embroiled in the spillover from the Syrian conflict, Jordan faces an enormous challenge. The country must focus on political and economic reforms, and needs outside help, too.
The Friends of Syria might not withdraw their official recognition of the National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people anytime soon, but they are close to starting the search once again for a more credible opposition framework, preferably inside Syria.
Turkey and the United States should promote a regional initiative on Syria that includes Iran if they are to prevent the crisis from further undermining regional stability.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s success in the next stage of the Syrian revolution depends on its ability to address significant challenges on the ground.
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The permanent members of the UN Security Council must work together to transform the fragile U.S.-Russian step toward peace in Syria into a full agreement.