22 Feb 2005

Syrian survival strategy

The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on Feb. 14, has not begun a new crisis in the Middle East. Rather, Mr. Hariri’s murder, probably at Syrian instigation, is the culmination of tensions between the United States and Syria that began in April 2003 as U.S. troops were

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07 Feb 2005

To Be Chalabi, or Not To Be

This Syrian exile wants to overthrow another evil Baathist dictator. How can he persuade the U.S. to help him? So, you’re an Arab exile. You’ve prospered in the United States. You’ve got lots of influential neocon friends. And now you want to overthrow the evil Baathist dictator back home. Here’s

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21 Oct 2004

Israel Builds for Nobel Prizes, Arabs Build for Suicide Bombers

The news this week that two Israeli scientists, in addition to an American, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, should be read with interest in the Arab world. This win says a lot about the state of affairs of the Middle East. While Israel builds its future with Nobel laureates,

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If 20% of Syria's Residents Rose Up, They Would Besiege the Regime
08 Mar 2004

Leader of the Reform Party of Syria: If 20% of Syria’s Residents Rose Up, They Would Besiege the Regime

Al-Siyassa (Leader of the Reform Party of Syria: If 20% of Syria’s Residents Rose Up, They Would Besiege the Regime) The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa published an interview with Farid Ghadry, leader of the U.S.-based Reform Party of Syria (RPS). The RPS is made up primarily of Syrian citizens living abroad, and was

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Iraqi Rally Demands Direct Elections
15 Jan 2004

Iraqi Rally Demands Direct Elections

HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR (voice-over): Thousands marched through Basra, calling for direct elections in Iraq. The Iraqi rally, a response to a demand to Iraq’s foremost Shiite cleric that the National Assembly be elected, and to his criticism the coalition’s plan for governance won’t work. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We felt

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02 Dec 2003

Promoting Democracy in Syria: Options for U.S. Policy

On November 14, 2003, Flynt Leverett and Farid Ghadry addressed The Washington Institute’s Special Policy Forum. Mr. Leverett is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, where he focuses on U.S. policy toward Syria. Previously, he served as senior director for Middle East affairs

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