Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. diplomat agreed to succeed former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria, the United Nations said.

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Aug 17, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

Richard Gowan speaks with the BBC about the UN Syrian envoy transition from Kofi Annan to Lakhdar Brahimi?

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Aug 16, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Time and again, Western diplomats have been fooled by hints that Russia might just alter its attitude towards Assad – and again, Russia has foiled Western initiatives in the Security Council.

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Aug 07, 2012
Richard Gowan
Europe, Syria

The Libyan and Syrian crises have caused major international rifts over the use of force and crisis management. In February CIC convened a conference with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and the Brookings Institution to address how the U.S., its allies and emerging powers can rebuild trust around crisis diplomacy. The event involved scholars and officials from the U.S., Europe, China, India and Brazil.

May 01, 2012
Richard Gowan, Emily O'Brien
Libya, Syria

Are you OK with where you're at on Syria? I know that I'm not. A senior State Department official told me that Barack Obama's administration isn't either. Almost everyone I've spoken to about Syria in the last few days has thrown up their hands and said, "There's no good solution."

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Apr 05, 2012
James Traub
Fragile States

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the former secretary-general’s new mission to Damascus as U.N. mediator—if he fails, the diplomatic route may be exhausted. Bruce Jones on why Putin’s talk of a ceasefire is a useful opening.

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Mar 03, 2012
Bruce Jones
Middle East, Syria