Tag Archives: Bashar Assad

Analysis: US Raid shows Assad’s Over-Estimation

Jerusalem Post- 29/10/2008 This week’s US raid across the Iraqi-Syrian border resembles a number of similar actions carried out by American forces against al-Qaida targets over the last year in the North Waziristan area of Pakistan. It demonstrates a US … Continue reading

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Analysis: US believes Syria is overplaying its Hand in Iraq

Jerusalem Post- 17/09/2009 The scheduled meeting Thursday of the Syrian and Iraqi foreign ministers is unlikely to lead to a swift resolution of the simmering feud between the two countries. The government of Iraq is furious at the mounting evidence … Continue reading

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Analysis: Saudis seek illusory ‘Third Way’ in Regional Diplomacy

Jerusalem Post- 17/01/2010 Syrian President Bashar Assad is reportedly scheduled to visit the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he is to meet with Saudi King Abdullah. The meeting is rumored to be a prelude to a three way summit also to … Continue reading

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Trip by Saudi Royal Unlikely to Herald Radical Change

Global Politician- 19/10/2009 The Syrian Al-Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday that a two-day visit by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz was due to begin that day. The talks, Al-Watan noted, would conclude with the signing of a joint agreement … Continue reading

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What Does Assad Want?

Global Politician- 08/03/2010 In Damascus last week, the full array of leaders of the so-called ‘resistance bloc’ came together in a series of meetings. Presidents Ahmedinejad of Iran and Assad of Syria were there, alongside a beaming Khaled Meshal of … Continue reading

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Rewarding Bad Behavior

Global Politician- 12/01/2011 US President Barack Obama’s recent decision to appoint a new ambassador to Damascus is further proof positive of the effectiveness of the strategy pursued by Syria over the last half decade. It also showcases the sense that … Continue reading

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The Weatherman and the Wind

05/04/2010 Bob Dylan wrote that “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” With great respect to Dylan, however, if you are truly looking to ascertain the direction of the winds in a particular place and … Continue reading

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