Blog archive: Syria

  • 12th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After years of delay, the text of the EU’s association agreementwith Syria has been finalised and will be signed on October 26. The move is seen partly as a reward to the Damascus regime for progress so far and also as a way of encouraging further changes in its behaviour. The...
  • 22nd August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Endemic corruption is a problem that Arabs grumble about endlessly, though it rarely gets analysed in much detail. All credit, then, to the Syria Comment blog for tackling this touchy subjecthead-on. "Though Syria is no exception," it says, "one cannot but be struck by how...
  • 24th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Moqtada al-Sadr, the rabble-rousing Iraqi cleric, visited President Assad in Damascus earlier this week to discuss “brotherly and friendly relations and mutual interests”. The Syrian president underlined “the importance of strengthening national unity among the Iraqi people, and Syria's care...
  • 17th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Obama administration seems to be dusting off old Clinton-era plans for peace between Israel and Syria, looking at the stumbling blocks last time around and checking for new ways to overcome them. Fred Hoff, an adviser to George Mitchell’s Middle East team, has been in Israel this week ...
  • 10th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    No idea why I like this picture, but I do. Definitely, I do. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 10 July 2009

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