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16th February 2014 (no comments)

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

The second session of the Geneva 2 Conference has ended in failure – as was widely anticipated – due to the wide gap between the two sides’ positions. They were not even able to agree an agenda, with the opposition wanting to prioritize the formation of a transitional government, while the regime wanted to focus on terrorism.

At the final press conference, UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi surprised with an apology to the ‘Syrian people’ that no progress had been made.

14th February 2014 (no comments)

al-Sisi and Putin in Moscow

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Egyptian Army chief, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was in Moscow yesterday for top level talks and received a leader’s welcome. This was a visit full of symbolism both from the Egyptian and the Russian side.

First, it was a clear message to Washington from Cairo that Egypt can find other high-powered global friends and revived the spectre of the situation during the Cold War era when the Soviet Union supported Egypt under General Nasser. Things changed in the aftermath of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war when Egypt signed a Peace Treaty with Israel and got into bed with the USA instead.

14th February 2014 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The negotiations currently underway in Geneva between the Syrian Government and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) have failed to achieve anything that was not already gained during the first round of Geneva 2.

The Geneva process to date has not been about reaching a negotiated settlement to the crisis, but about bringing the parties together under one roof, to break the ice and establish mutual recognition.

We have to face some facts about the Geneva process’s limitations.

5th February 2014 (no comments)

Syrian government and opposition delegations have agreed to attend a second round of ‘Geneva 2’ negotiations starting Monday, 10 February. The talks that would make the most difference and create a break-through, however, would be between Saudi Arabia and Iran and these may have already begun behind closed doors.

Excluding Iran from the first round of Geneva 2 was a big mistake, because it is a powerful and influential state not only with regard to its ally, Syria, but throughout the whole.

3rd February 2014 (no comments)

Polarisation over the future of Bashar Al Assad is at the heart of the international community’s dilemma

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 19:26 February 2, 2014

  • Gulf News

Given the complexities of the situation on the ground in Syria, it is a remarkable achievement that the oft-postponed Geneva 2 conference not only convened but continued for the entire scheduled week.

The psychological barrier which prevented representatives of the regime and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) delegation from meeting face-to-face has been overcome, and this is an important first step.

1st February 2014 (3 comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

Talk about the removal of the Syrian regime is gradually taking a back seat as the ‘terrorism’ issue becomes increasingly important for the international community. This means that terrorism will increasingly become the backbone and main theme of the Syrian developments in

As agreed by Syria’s friends and foes alike, terrorism is what the jihadist Islamic groups are practicing, whether their attacks on the regime forces or their attacks on the other “moderate” Islamic factions that joined their forces, through indirect Saudi mediation, to uproot all the groups that adopt Al-Qa’idah’s original ideology in Syria, groups that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United States had warmly
and publicly welcomed at the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

31st January 2014 (one comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

This week, US President Barack Obama gave his ‘state of the union’ annual address, outlining his policy for the year ahead. As could be expected, the Middle East was one of the main focal points of his speech.

He paid particular attention to Iran, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda.

If one reads between the lines, one can draw several conclusions as to his real intentions in the region.

* First, Obama said that he will veto the imposition of any further sanctions on Iran.

28th January 2014 (no comments)

 Abdel Bari Atwan

 I am not alone, I think, in being surprised that negotiations at the Geneva 2 conference have continued despite the wide gap between the parties and the failure, to date, to reach agreement on a single point, either on the logisitics of humanitarian relief or the more complicated political issues.

It is clear that both the parties have adopted a strategy which sees them remaining in Geneva until the very last moment so as not to bear the consequences of the withdrawal before the international community.

26th January 2014 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

In three weeks time, the people of Libya are supposed to come to the streets and public squares in their hundreds of thousands to dance with joy on the occasion of the third anniversary of the revolution.

Three years ago, the corrupt, dictatorial rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was toppled, this is true, but life in Libya today is far from joyful. It is, rather, terrifyingly violent and laced with insecurity. There is virtually no central state anymore to maintain control and security and only chaos thrives, along with enmity and conflict provoked by sectarian, tribal and regional divisions.

22nd January 2014 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Geneva 2 conference on Syria began on Wednesday morning although to my eyes and ears, it appeared more like a Sunday morning at London’s famous Hyde Park corner where anybody can set up their soap box and talk at length, with extravagant gestures and tone, on whatever subject takes their fancy.

All eyes were on the two official Syrian delegations and their supporting national parties: America, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar stood with the official Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition delegation, and Russia with the representatives of the Assad regime.

ماذا يعني احتفال المُقاومة بالذّكرى 14 للانتِصار في حرب تمّوز في ظِل الأوضاع الحاليّة المُتوتّرة في لبنان؟ وما هي الفقرة التي كُنت أتمنّى أن أضيفها لخِطاب السيّد نصر الله بهذه المُناسبة؟ وما المشهد الذي عشته في هذه الحرب ومِن الصّعب نسيانه؟
العِراق ينضمّ إلى قائمة أعداء تركيا بعد مقتل ضابطين بقصفٍ لطائرةٍ مُسيّرة.. لماذا “تستعدي” السّلطات التركيّة جميع دول الجِوار العربيّ؟ وهل من الحِكمَة فتح عدّة جبهات في سورية وليبيا والعِراق إلى جانب مِصر واليونان وأرمينيا في الوقتِ نفسه؟
هل الاتّفاق التّطبيعي الإماراتي الإسرائيلي مكافأة لترامب ونِتنياهو على حرق نصف بيروت وتمهيدًا لانضمام السعوديّة والبحرين؟ لماذا نعتقد أنّ إيران المُستفيد الأكبر؟ وهل تستطيع إسرائيل حماية نفسها من صواريخ المُقاومة حتّى تحمي الإمارات؟
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