Peter van Dyk
Jul 17, 2012 The U.S. has been pressing Russia to stop sending arms to Syria for much of the 16-month conflict between the government and opposition forces. Russia has said it will not make any new deals with Syria, but it looks like arms will continue to flow.
Jul 10, 2012 Opposition supporters report more than 17,000 people have been killed during the 16-month uprising against the Syrian government. Today the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Syrian regime is getting help from Venezuela in the form of diesel.
Jun 27, 2012 The 15-month uprising in Syria has been especially worrisome for Turkey -- which shares a border -- now more than ever after Syria shot down a Turkish military plane last Friday. Before the conflict, the two had been trading partners.
Jun 20, 2012 The U.S. and Europe are focused on diplomacy and sanctions to stem violence in Syria -- and perhaps force the current regime from power. One problem is Russia's alleged supply of arms to the government there. But Western diplomats have discovered a vulnerability: every weapons-carrying ship has to carry insurance.
Jun 11, 2012 A Syrian doctor in Istanbul set up a free hospital to treat Syrian opposition fighters, but middlemen ripped off his patients.
May 29, 2012 The U.S., Britain and other nations will expel Syrian diplomats after a weekend massacre in the country, but sanctions so far haven’t been effective.
Apr 24, 2012 President Obama has announced a new policy aimed at punishing countries like Syria and Iran that practice violence after gathering information about citizens online.
Stacey Vanek Smith
Apr 4, 2012 The economic and social unrest in Syria is making it difficult for foreign businesses, like KFC, Cinnabon and United Colors of Benetton, to expand there.
Mar 19, 2012 Our financial troubles here and abroad stem from a confluence of causes. But if governments can do anything to fix our economic situation, shouldn't they have already?