Frustrated by opposition failures and anxious over what would follow Assad, Western and Arab powers appear to be auditioning defector Manaf Tlass for a role in an interim ruling military council
Rebel attacks on Syria’s two key cities had raised expectations that Assad was about to fall, but those may have been the Syrian equivalent to Vietnam’s Tet Offensive
Nobody’s expecting a happy ending any time soon to Syria’s civil war. Here are just five things that could go badly wrong when the Assad regime falls
The conflict is testing the brittle bonds of a national identity in states carved out of old Ottoman provinces at the end of World War I
Even if the regime loses its grip on growing swaths of territory, the civil war’s sectarian dimension could see it opt to retreat into enclaves controlled by its base of Alawite, Christian and non-Sunni support
In a severe low to the regime’s inner circle, Assad lost four of his top lieutenants, including his brother-in-law. He also lost the all-important sense of invulnerability.
The fighting in Damascus is not quite an indication that the Assad government is about to fall. But it is a sign of how balkanized Syria is—and is likely to be.
A conference chaired by U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva aims to bring some resolution and peace to the bloody Syrian conflict. But regional geo-politics will get in the way.
Mohamed Morsy’s election as President marked a watershed moment for Egypt, but unless he can repair the rifts with other opposition groups, the military will be calling the shots
The Muslim Brotherhood rather than the old regime may be a better bet for a junta looking to restore stability while retaining control
No breakthroughs achieved as both sides dig in, overestimating their leverage
Confident that raw power and divisions among the opposition preclude any serious challenge, the junta turns the tables on a democratic transition
By sending Assad gunships and insisting Iran be included in talks, Moscow is signaling a changed geopolitical balance