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?"

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.

June 25, 2013 - ARTICLE - ANALYSIS - RUSSIA - BACK ROOM DEAL - ENERGY - NATURAL GAS - The officials said Assad last month agreed to sign the document, considered an understanding of principals on control of his country’s gas resources, including transiting pipelines, in exchange for continued Russian support in resisting the insurgency against his regime.

August 27, 2012 - RESOURCE - COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS - ANALYSIS PAGE - A year old but has links to articles that are useful.

Congress has formally declared war only 11 times in U.S. history, and authorized the use of military force 11 times.

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...”

May 18, 2011 - EXECUTIVE ORDER - 13573 - SANCTIONS - WHITE HOUSE - OBAMA ADMINISTRATION - " I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the Government of Syria's continuing escalation of violence against the people of Syria..."

July 25, 2012 - PAPER - ANALYSIS - INTERVENTION - CHEMICAL WEAPONS - WMD - ASSESSMENT - In this Briefing, experts detail the risks and challenges of intervention in Syria. Our contributors delve further into the internal and external aspects of this conflict, offering a sobering assessment of the prospects for Syria and the region.

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.

RESOURCE - USAID - Good place to get information about what USAID does in Syria with fact sheets and stats available as well. The website design is not very intuitive so it'll take you a while to navigate through the page. Eh...it's a government site, go figure.

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