As the battle for Aleppo has dragged on and diplomatic efforts to forge a peace deal have been derailed, it has been hard to assess whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are close to collapse or able to sustain a protracted war.

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Aug 13, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

Les efforts déployés par la France à l'ONU suscitent un certain scepticisme.

Read the full Le Figaro article here

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

As Syria spirals deeper into a full-scale civil war, Western delegations at the United Nations are increasingly skeptical about the value of appointing a replacement for Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the conflict, U.N. envoys say.

Read the full Reuters article here

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

UN secretary general thought to favour Nordic candidate to replace Kofi Annan, who will leave his post at the end of August.

Read the full Guardian article here.

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria

Kofi Annan knew he was taking on a "mission impossible" when he started his campaign to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to halt the Syrian war. But the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader might not have expected that he would encounter what analysts called "dishonesty, intransigence and incompetence" in his efforts.

Read the full American Free Press article here

Aug 02, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Who is next in line for “mission impossible” after Kofi Annan quit his role as international peace envoy to Syria in the face of intractable divisions among world powers over how to end the conflict?

Read the full International Herald Tribune article here

Aug 03, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

In a year of diplomatic duels between Moscow and Washington at the United Nations over Syria, is the Obama administration actually getting what it wants?

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Aug 03, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

the United Nations Security Council is deadlocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes, raising the spectre of a long and ugly conflict. That is Syria today, but it also happens to sound a lot like Kosovo in 1999.

Read the full Globe and Mail article here

Aug 06, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Election-year politics make for difficult call amid complex civil war. Read the full Washington Post article here

Aug 15, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

After Kofi Annan quit the job in frustration, the United Nations announced it had officially named veteran negotiator and former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi as its new envoy to Syria.  

Read the full Atlantic Monthly here

Aug 17, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening