Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Is it time for Kofi Annan to give up in Syria? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 21 May 2012

A growing number of diplomats are arguing Kofi Annan's peace plan is failing. But is it better for the U.N. to oversee, and arguably provide cover for, the current violence or retreat and open the way for something potentially worse?

 

Europe struggling to play meaningful role in Syria crisis (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 April 2012

The case of Syria shows that Europe maintains a limited ability to shape its Southern neighbourhood. For the time being it remains a fairly insignificant political actor in the unfolding Syrian crisis.

 

Kofi Annan and Syria - the case for deliberate caution (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 02 April 2012

Kofi Annan has created a diplomatic framework for dealing with the Syrian crisis. However, the security situation has changed and Annan must move with deliberate caution to make the 'Syrian-led political process' a success.

 

Syria’s rebels will have to deal with Assad (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 16 March 2012

No one wants to deal with dictators. But one year after the Syrian uprising began, the harsh truth is that Bashar al-Assad maintains the upper hand and the opposition – with its international backers – may have little choice but to cut a deal with him if they want to ease the Syrian people’s suffering.

 

Assad's continued defiance in the face of growing isolation (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13 January 2012

Are the days of the Syrian president numbered? Despite popular opposition and growing international isolation, Assad's eventual demise is by no means assured.

 

Don't write off the Arab League in Syria ... yet (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 10 January 2012

On Sunday, the Arab League agreed to continue its controversial observer mission in Syria. In this piece, originally published by Foreign Policy two days before the League meeting, Richard Gowan makes the case for keeping the mission going.