Tag Archives: Damascus

Syria’s Goose Lays a Golden Egg

Global Politician- 27/07/2009 Washington’s decision to return its ambassador to Syria is the latest stage in the present administration’s policy of engagement with Damascus. It relates most importantly to the US desire to secure Syrian cooperation in the build-up to … Continue reading

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For Assad, Conflict is a Raison d’Etre

05/09/2009 The Baghdad government’s assertion of Syrian responsibility for the explosions which killed more than 100 people in Iraq on August 19 has re focused attention to Syrian policy vis-a-vis its eastern neighbor. Syria’s approach in Iraq offers a prime … Continue reading

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Talk softly, and carry a large Carrot!

Jerusalem Post-29/07/2009 The region is currently witnessing a concerted attempt by Saudi Arabia to mend its relations with the Syrian regime. This effort derives from Riyadh’s fear of Iran, and its sense that now may be an opportune moment to … Continue reading

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Iran-Syria Alliance in Harmony

01/06/2009 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Bashar Assad of Syria reconfirmed the close alliance between their two countries during the Iranian president’s visit to Damascus this week. Ahmadinejad’s visit came on the eve of the return of two … Continue reading

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Duplicitous Assad is getting away with Murder

23/11/2008 British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has just completed an official visit to Syria. This was the first visit of a senior British elected official to Damascus since 2001. Following the visit, the British media revealed that Miliband has agreed … Continue reading

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An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove

24/10/2008 The decree by President Bashar Assad announcing the establishing of full diplomatic relations between Damascus and Beirut represents the latest stage in the emergence of Syria from diplomatic isolation. On a symbolic level, the announcement appears to suggest Syria’s … Continue reading

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Making Mischief in Damascus

01/10/2008 As the days pass since the car bombing in the southern suburbs of Damascus, furious speculation is continuing as to who was responsible. No organization has taken responsibility – leaving the rumor mill free to grind on. The Syrian … Continue reading

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The Root Cause of Confrontation

07/07/2006 The kidnapping of two IDF soldiers by Hizballah on the Israel-Lebanese border adds fuel to the flames of the already fraught situation between Israel and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority in Gaza. The talk in Israel is now of wide-ranging … Continue reading

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Old-Think Rides Again

Haaretz-27/11/2006 The curtain is now descending on United States and allied hopes that a democratic, stable Iraq might yet emerge from the 2003 invasion of that country. As the endgame is played out, one may glimpse the contours of the … Continue reading

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Virtual Diplomacy, Real Damage

Jerusalem Post-29/11/2009 The statement by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Riyadh last week expressing French willingness to mediate talks between Syria and Israel is the latest indication of Syria’s emergence from diplomatic isolation. Damascus has largely rebuilt its links with … Continue reading

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