syria

Good news from Syria (really): Chemical weapons are being dismantled on schedule

The U.S.- and Russia-brokered deal to have Syria surrender its chemical weapons is proceeding on schedule.

  • Max Fisher
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  • Oct 18, 2013

Wonkbook: How the Summers nomination fell apart

Something very strange has been happening during President Obama's second term. It's called dissent.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Sep 16, 2013

Was Obama’s Syria strategy brilliant or lucky?

John Kerry strikes a deal with the Russians to avert airstrikes.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Sep 14, 2013

Why Obama shouldn’t care about backing down on Syria

Some argue that the U.S. will damage its reputation if it backs down on Syria. The academic evidence doesn't really bear that out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 12, 2013

Assad delivers his ransom note

The real cost of destroying Assad's chemical weapons is watching him crush the opposition and retain power

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 12, 2013

Russia’s position on Syria is all about constraining America

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, takes a look at Russia's thinking on Syria.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 12, 2013

Wonkbook: A transmission from Vladimir

What happens when international diplomacy stops being polite and starts getting...weird?

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Sep 12, 2013

The man who wrote the book on the U.N. Security Council tells how it’s handling Syria

David Bosco, who literally wrote the book on the U.N. Security Council, on how the body is handling the Syria situation.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 11, 2013

The worst argument against the Russia-Syria deal

Yes, it'll be hard to quickly destroy Assad's entire chemical weapons stockpile. But what's the alternative?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 11, 2013

McCain: Putin is ‘feeling pretty good today’

There's a reason Russia and Syria are open to a deal on disarmament.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 11, 2013

Wonkbook: On Syria, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

The vote is off, as the White House has, unexpectedly, stumbled on a better path forward.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Sep 11, 2013

Obama made a very good argument on Syria — and a very bad one

This was a speech that combined a very bad argument for pursuing strikes against Syria with a very good one.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 11, 2013

President Obama’s full remarks on Syria

The full text of Obama's primetime speech.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 11, 2013

Airstrikes on Syria are getting much less popular over time

Judging from the latest Pew poll, the White House hasn't exactly succeeded in selling the public on military action against Syria.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 10, 2013

The White House may really be about to win on Syria

If Assad will really sign the treaty against chemical weapons, the White House just achieved its goal.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 10, 2013

The five best arguments for striking Syria — and the best rebuttals

There's no one arguments for striking Syria. There are many. And some of them contradict each other.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 10, 2013

Drought helped cause Syria’s war. Will climate change bring more like it?

Most security experts missed the environmental roots of Syria's current crisis.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 10, 2013

Obama was right to go to Congress. The fact that he might lose proves it.

A few days of bad press coverage is a lot better than a few years of a bad war.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 9, 2013

Syria barely has oil. So why are oil markets freaked out about war?

The world's oil markets are losing their capacity to adjust to even minor disruptions. That's not a good sign.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 9, 2013

Why Americans oppose intervention in Syria: “It’s none of our business”

A new Gallup poll takes a closer look at the reasons military action in Syria is so unpopular.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 9, 2013
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