Syria needs more than just another EU foreign policy statement that will be promptly archived. The EU should develop a concrete reconstruction plan.
If there is a cache of uranium in the greater Damascus area, it very well could be in the crossfire of antagonists, a possibility that makes Israel and some Western governments nervous.
The Syrian opposition must recognize its need for an effective political strategy capable of splitting the regime from within, bringing the Syrian crisis to a definitive resolution, and building a stable post-Assad Syria.
Outreach to leaders on the ground is essential for ensuring the country's stability after Assad’s fall.
The political opposition has failed to address the issue of Syria's economic reconstruction—a debate that will define the country's character and future.
Lebanon remains vulnerable to the Syrian conflict. Although the country has avoided major upheaval so far, the state is weak, sectarian tensions are high, and political coalitions are divided along pro and anti-regime lines.
The recent NATO decision to deploy missiles along the Turkish-Syrian border has been framed in terms of a defense strategy for Turkey, but the same missiles could conceivably provide cover for refugees fleeing the violence.
Syria is widely believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, in particular a large chemical weapons arsenal.
Furthering the cause of democracy in the Middle East requires realistic, pragmatic U.S. leadership to encourage reform and promote the development of civil society in the region.
Despite rising levels of violence in Syria, the United States should focus less on intervention and more on planning for the day after the fall of the regime.