July 7, 2011

The Hard Man of Damascus

Gary Gambill, Foreign Policy

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With Syrian troops encircling the city of Hama, the Obama administration and its European counterparts continue to hold out hope that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can be coaxed into accepting a peaceful transition to democracy. Instead of joining the protesters in demanding Assad's resignation, the U.S. envoy to Damascus, Robert Ford, is encouraging prominent dissidents to hold a dialogue with the regime.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Bashar Assad, Syria

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