Foreign Policy

The United States and Iran, having clinched a landmark interim deal suspending some aspects of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, turned their attention this week to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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Nov 26, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Saudi Arabia took the extraordinary step Friday of refusing to take its seat on the U.N. Security Council -- despite pursuing the position for years. It's an unprecedented protest over the council's failure to take firmer action in Syria and Palestine. And it comes at a time of growing Saudi frustration with American-led policies across the Middle East.

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Oct 18, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met under the steely gaze of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whose portrait hung over their negotiating table at U.N. headquarters, and hammered out their latest agreement Thursday on a U.N. Security Council resolution to scrap Syria's chemical weapons.

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Sep 26, 2013
United Nations

Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?

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Sep 23, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

Saudi Arabia, has been quietly exploring the possibility of seeking a U.N. General Assembly vote that would provide some cover for military action.

Sep 06, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war. Disillusioned with both the Syrian government and its opponents, he came close to resigning in May. Since then he has hung on, mainly because his departure would look like an admission that a peace deal is impossible. His demeanor suggests that he is painfully conscious of the hopelessness of his situation.

Sep 03, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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Oct 25, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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Jan 06, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Bashar al-Assad said he's stop shooting on April 10. He lied.  So what now?

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Apr 10, 2012
Bruce Jones
Middle East, Syria

A growing number of Western diplomats argue that it is time for Kofi Annan to step down as special envoy to Syria.

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May 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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