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“Syrian refugees in TR begin to wear out their welcome”

Most of the time human rights violations hurt only the victims of repression (as in North Korea), but Syria shows that the effects can sometimes spill over geographically and even across borders. Since the civil war began in 2011 millions … Continue reading

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More on the dilemmas facing humanitarian workers in conflict zones

A while back I wrote about the difficulty for third-parties of remaining neutral/impartial in conflict zones (here). These debates flare mostly in the context of the war in Syria. Yesterday there were more news on the dilemmas that humanitarian workers … Continue reading

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Short-term thinking in Libya hurts diplomacy elsewhere.

Why has Russia blocked UN Security Council’s authorization of force to stop bloodshed in Syria. There are several obstacles to the resolution of the Syrian Civil War (mutual fear among ethnic groups, Iran’s patronage of Assad, rise of Islamist radicals), … Continue reading

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Can Donors Remain Impartial in Conflict Regions?

Can actors remain “impartial” while providing the most basic types of aid (such as food and medicine) to civilians stuck in conflict zones? I am becoming increasingly skeptical that they can. Here is why: Civilians need food and medicine desperately, … Continue reading

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The current situation in Syria

We will probably talk more about the Syrian civil war in the coming weeks. If you need to catch up, here is a good summary of the current international and domestic actors in the Syrian civil war. 

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