Sunday News Focus: Syria

Israeli Air Strikes Have Little To Do With Syrian War
US Institute of Peace analyst Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen stresses Israel is largely ambivalent regarding the outcome of the war in Syria because its concerns are more regional.

“Where Israel is not ambivalent is on its tolerance for Iran transferring advanced weapons to its proxy Hezbollah. In that context, Israel’s  motivation for striking these targets in Syria can be seen as defense and  prevention. Syria is an almost incidental bystander, with Iran and Hezbollah the primary target and audience,” she says in a recent interview.

Inside The Administration’s Syria Debate
Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker goes behind-the-scenes to report on the debate within the Obama administration over whether to take action in Syria.

Syrian Conflict Has Reached Beyond Its Borders
Mark Leon Goldberg argues that warnings about Syria’s violence reaching beyond its borders is a concern of the past because it already has exploded into a regional conflict.

In 2012, former UN chief Kofi Annan said that Syria is unlike Libya because “it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders.” In fact, Goldberg believes, his prediction has come to fruition.

On Saturday a series of car bombings on the Syrian-Turkey border killed almost 50 and injured hundreds, an attack from which Syria quickly sought to find distance. But a day later nine Turkish nationals with links to Syria’s intelligence services were arrested and Turkey stated it would respond.

Reassessing The US Nuclear Posture
Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists recently delivered a talk examining the US nuclear posture.



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