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The Elusive Promise of Geneva II

So we are finally here. The long and torturous road to the Geneva II peace conference appears to have found its way to the picturesque Swiss town of Montreux on the northeast shore of Lake Geneva. Representatives from more than thirty countries plan to attend what is...

Geneva’s Missing Piece

The absence of Iran at the talks in Geneva allows Assad to continue to try to define Syria’s political transition on his own terms. In countless interviews with people close to or previously associated with Assad and his inner circle, the only substantial external...
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A handout photo taken and provided on July 9, 2013 by the opposition Syrian National Coalition Media Office shows Coalition leader Ahmad Al-Jarba.(AFP)

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Member National Coalition Of Syria Suheir Atassi, Head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba, Secretary General National Coalition of Syria Badr Jamous, Member National Coalition Of Syria Salim Muslit, Leaders of the exiled Syrian National Council (SNC), Muhammet Faruq Tayfur during a Syrian opposition groups meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 9, 2013. (EPA/SEDAT SUNA)

Opinion: The Coalition and the challenges ahead

Opinion: The Coalition and the challenges ahead

As the Syrian National Coalition readies itself for a new round of meetings in Istanbul, there will be a number of key issues on the agenda. The first, a political one, poses a challenge not only for the coalition but for the entire Syrian opposition, and for all...
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Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) head Saleh Muslim speaks during a conference in Paris November 13, 2013. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)