A War of Words about Peace in Syria

In Montreaux Switzerland, Syrian peace talks have begun towards the so-called Geneva II process. Nobody thinks the conference will lead to peace. Even optimists call it a "possible first step" to ending three years of appalling civil war. President al Assad has gained strength by giving up chemical weapons and fighting extremists, despite charges that he's a war criminal. Will the US have no choice but to deal with him, rather than ending his rule-if only to gain a temporary ceasefire for humanitarian reasons? Is this the start of a process that might — or might not — lead to changing unacceptable conditions on the ground?

Listen to the full KCRW (National Public Radio) interview here

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Jan 24, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations
Middle East, Syria, United States