June 23, 2013 - OPINION - OBAMA ADMINISTRATION - US - FOREIGN POLICY - "It’s hard to tell what has driven Obama even this far. Is it the prodding of critics like Bill Clinton, mocking the president’s poll-minded caution? Is there a belated revulsion at the humanitarian catastrophe?"
March 25, 2013 - PAPER - ANALYSIS - GENOCIDE - SECTARIAN VIOLENCE - MASS ATROCITIES - HORRORS OF WAR - USHMM - “...the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum expressed grave concern about the escalating violence in Syria and warned that the increasingly sectarian nature of that violence could, if unchecked, lead to genocide...”
June 30, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE - STATE DEPARTMENT - WAR CRIMES: REGIME - HUMANITARIAN LAW - We call on all members of the international community to make clear to the Assad regime that it must cease these attacks and immediately allow humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies and the Red Cross, safe access to evacuate the wounded and provide life-saving medical treatment and supplies, and comply with international human rights and humanitarian law.
May 28, 2013 - ARTICLE - ANALYSIS - US - OBAMA ADMINISTRATION - Administration and congressional debate over legislation and the prospect of imposing a no-fly zone centers again on the question of what is the real U.S. interest in getting more involved in a conflict that seems to have few obvious openings for resolution.
RESOURCE - UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE - A good place to get analysis about conflicts around the world. "USIP is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government's ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance our national security."
June 14, 2013 - ANALYSIS - US - FOREIGN POLICY - INTERVENTION - SYRIAN WAR - If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on in Syria, now’s the time to tune in. Why? Because it looks like the U.S. is about to get involved.
June 10, 2013 - ARTICLE - WAR CRIMES: REBELS - MUHAMMAD AL QATTA - TEENAGER - EXECUTION - VICTIM - ISLAMIST - The teenager’s name was Muhammad al-Qatta, and he was 14 years old when witnesses said radical Islamists in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo pulled him from his coffee kiosk on Sunday and later executed him in a public square.
August 9, 2012 - ARTICLE - RULE OF LAW - CRIME - SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT - CIVILIAN VICTIMS - HUMANITARIAN LAW - But in the background, many Syrians describe something else that has them cowering with fear: a wave of lawlessness not unlike the crime wave Iraq experienced during the conflict there.
AUG 16, 2014 - ARTICLE - ISLAMIC STATE - EXECUTION - CIVILIANS - TRAGEDY - "Tribal powers in Syria and Iraq have had to make the choice between fighting Islamic State or pledging allegiance." #Syriainwar
January 28, 2013 - PAPER - ANALYSIS - TURKEY - BORDERS - HISTORY - KURDS - Syria and Turkey have had an uneasy relationship since the end of World War I, when both states were carved out of the Ottoman Empire.