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Rocket Man

Blog Post by: Patrick Radden Keefe , on November 18, 2013

Syria, under the regime of Bashar al-Assad, is currently one of the most dangerous places for journalists, with 50 reporters killed and many more missing in conflict, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Because of the ongoing civil war, and al-Assad’s bans on the international press, it has been extremely difficult for members of the international press to report from the conflict.

Patrick Radden Keefe details the story of an indispensable chronicler of the Syrian conflict, Eliot Higgins a.k.a Brown Moses, in The New Yorker ($).

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The New Public Policy

Blog Post by: , on October 3, 2013

A casual bystander might conclude it to be typical procedure for national leaders to make public statements via the media, bypassing typical foreign relations channels. This must be the case because two foreign presidents this month pushed out their agendas by way of public diplomacy rather than direct talks with other governments.

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Israelis, Syrians, and the Virtues of Medicine

Blog Post by: , on September 18, 2013

Conflict between Syria and Israel has not deterred medical aid between the two countries.

Despite years of fighting between Syria and Israel, some Israelis have prioritized acting in the name of humanity. Medical staff in northern Israel have begun providing safety and health for Syrian citizens, filling a gap left by Syrians’ own government. As The Century Foundation’s Morton Abramowitz has suggested, “if we are not going to save Syria, we can do much better to save a dying people.” That is exactly what Israel is trying to do.

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WATCH: Arise News Features Century Foundation on Syria

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya, Stephen Schlesinger , on September 17, 2013

Arise News utilizes The Century Foundation's policy thought-leaders for analysis of the latest news and issues of today, namely the crisis in Syria. Neil Bhatiya offers insight into Syria and its ongoing civil war in one segment. In another, fellow Steve Schlesinger discusses Russia's increased role in talks about Syria and what potential outcomes might exist after Syria gives up chemical weapons.

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A President Has the Right to Change His Position

Blog Post by: Stephen Schlesinger , on April 25, 2013

Obama raised the bar when he said that any use of chemical weapons by Syria could be a “game-changer.” Given the seriousness of a decision by the United States to intervene in Syria—whether it be by bombing raids to wipe out chemical weapons depots or the dispatch of Special Forces to seize chemical weapons caches—Obama has a duty to carefully assess all the evidence and go the extra mile to ascertain the authenticity of these reports.

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Red Lines and Taboos

Blog Post by: Thanassis Cambanis , on April 25, 2013

Chemical weapons hold a special kind of horror. Ever since the widespread and horrifying use of chlorine and other poison gases in the trenches of the First World War, most nations have agreed not to use any of the increasingly sophisticated agents they have concocted.

It is because of this well documented taboo and the Chemical Weapons Convention that the United States government has said that it “would not tolerate” any deployment of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

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