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Is Russia Part Of The Solution In Syria, Or Part Of The Problem? Podcast

October 20, 2015

Is the Russian intervention in Syria going to make things better or worse? What are the possible solutions for the Syrian crisis, and can the US work with Russia to end a war that has significant consequences for the Middle East and the world at large? This week, Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller and Boston […]

Putin in Syria: Regime Presses Attack In Hama Province, Supported By Russian Air Strikes

October 7, 2015

LIVE UPDATES: Syrian regime forces are now reported to be on the advance supported by intense Russian air strikes on a pocket of rebel-held territory in the Hama province. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Putin in Syria: Reports Of Dozens Of Russian Airstrikes, Targeting Opposition-Held Settlements

October 1, 2015

LIVE UPDATES: Unconfirmed reports and images from Syria indicate that the Russian air offensive has entered its second day. Comments from Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s press secretary, indicate that the targeting of the opposition groups other than ISIS is now officially sanctioned. So far, none of the settlements reported to have been bombed are ISIS-controlled. […]

Geneva II: What if We Set Expectations REALLY Low?

January 24, 2014

The goals of the Syria peace talks in Montreux are fairly straight forward: negotiate an end to armed conflict which has cost well over 120,000 lives and has displaced a huge percentage of the population. As I argued in my overview of the conference, there is absolutely no chance for success. So far, everything that […]

A Russian Plan For Syria Is Two Years Too Late

September 12, 2013

The Kerry Plan Some say it was a mistake, but if it was then it was the “gaffe heard round the world.” John Kerry made a sarcastic, and possibly off-the-cuff, comment about how Syrian President Bashar al Assad might escape U.S. military attacks aimed at punishing him for using chemical weapons on August 21st: He […]