Michael Bröning

Snapshot
Michael Bröning

Expectations for the Arab League (which had never been high) are at an all-time low in the wake of last week's summit. If the organization wants to remain relevant, it should take a page from the African Union, which revised its charter after the Rwandan genocide and transformed itself from “the dictators’ club” -- as many called its predecessor, the OAU -- into a key player in contemporary African politics.

Postscript
Michael Bröning

The Assad regime has lost the legitimacy to govern Syria, and months of fighting have underlined the harsh reality that the opposition is outmatched. In this respect, a military backing of the opposition is not a contradiction to a negotiated transition through regional diplomacy but, rather, a precondition.

Snapshot
Michael Bröning

For several sound reasons, Western decision-makers have up to now rejected the idea of comprehensively arming Syria's opposition. But the facts on the ground have increasingly overrun those arguments, and the case for arming the rebels grows stronger by the month.

Response
Ghassan Khatib and Michael Bröning

Demanding Palestinian recognition of Israel without offering a matching Israeli concession is the least productive means of advancing genuine political progress.

Subcontent
Michael Bröning

Recent protests have shaken Bashar al-Assad's rule more than seemed possible two months ago. Contrary to expectations, his use of violence has not deterred demonstrators and his promises of reform have not appeased them.

Postscript
Michael Bröning

Recent protests have shaken Bashar al-Assad's rule more than seemed possible two months ago. Contrary to expectations, his use of violence has not deterred demonstrators and his promises of reform have not appeased them.

Snapshot
Michael Bröning

Despite various parallels with Tunisia and Egypt, a close look at Syria reveals that the Assad regime is unlikely to fall.

This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.

 

Snapshot
Michael Bröning

The January war in Gaza overshadowed the fact that Hamas is in the midst of an unprecedented ideological transformation -- and it's time for the West to pay attention.