While the endorsement of the Syrian National Council could pave the way for more international aid, questions remain over whether countries such as the U.S. will provide military assistance to rebels. Gwen Ifill talks to Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof and National Defense University’s Murhaf Jouejati about what’s next for Syria. Continue reading
Sally Keith is the author of three collections of poetry: “The Fact of the Matter” (2012, Milkweed Editions); “Design,” winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry; and “Dwelling Song,” winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series competition. She teaches at George Mason University and lives in Washington, D.C.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held surprise talks with Russia’s foreign minister to discuss continued unrest in Syria. While Russia stated that no hard decisions were made, these discussions may be the first sign of unified diplomatic action to stop violence between rebels and government troops. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
As time seems to be running out for President Assad’s government, how prepared is the Syrian opposition to take over? Jeffrey Brown talks to Fred Hof, former special adviser to Secretary of State Clinton, about the potential roles played by the U.N., the U.S. and Russia to end Syria’s war and inspire a transition of leadership. Continue reading
As the Syrian civil war moves closer to government-controlled Damascus, fears among the international community have increased that President Assad may resort to chemical warfare. The Syrians’ stockpiles are known to be the largest in the world, mostly made up of sarin nerve gas, mustard gas and cyanide. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Though the White House and State Department made statements about the possibility of Syria deploying chemical weapons against rebels, much remains unknown about when, how and what combination of chemicals might be used by Assad’s forces. Jeffrey Brown talks to Leonard Spector of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Continue reading
Independent Television News’ John Irvine reports from a town called Sirjilla in the Idlib region of Syria. Bombed out and virtually abandoned by its residents, the town now provides an underground home for hundreds of refugees. Continue reading
In Brussels, NATO members approved Turkey’s request for anti-missile systems to defend against Syrian shelling and rocket fire landing on the Turkish side of the countries’ shared border. Meanwhile, NATO repeated U.S. concerns over a rise in the Syrian government’s stockpiles of chemical weapons. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Reports indicate that Russia, once allied to the Syrian government, may be shifting toward persuading President Assad to step down. Judy Woodruff talks to Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest and U.S. Institute of Peace’s Steven Heydemann on the challenges ahead for the Syrian opposition should the regime fall. Continue reading
James Arthur is the author of “Charms Against Lightning,” a debut poetry collection published by Copper Canyon Press in October. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House and a Discovery/The Nation Prize.