Regions / Syria
His image isn't bolstered by the latest rash of defections, but President Assad cares little about Western perceptions.
Negotiating with the various factions in Syria would infuse Turkey with national pride and international prestige.
The United States, NATO, and Israel have long sought the destabilization of Syria.
It's hard to imagine a more frustrating situation than the Syrian conflict.
Like Soviet Russia, Syria also has chemical weapons and suspected biological weapons programs.
The U.S. is trying to pressure Russia to put pressure on Syrian President Assad.
The Turkish F-4 that Syria shot down was testing Syria's radar.
How far should the state go to improve the world?
At this point, President Assad is beginning to seem self-destructive.
The C.I.A. is evaluating Syrian rebels to see which groups qualify for arms aid.