Talks aimed at building on a current cease-fire are slated to begin in Kazakhstan Jan. 23. At a refugee camp in eastern Lebanon, Syrians say numerous obstacles stand in the way of returning to their homes.
The war in Syria is far from over, and the anti-Assad rebels have vowed to fight on. Many are congregated in Idlib province. But before the Syrian president elects to go after them, he has other options to consider.
Recent video showed a Hezbollah attack carried out in Syria by an armed, publicly available drone. It underscored the need for fresh understanding of the threats posed by nonstate actors and terrorists.
The tribunal, established to find the assassins of Rafik Hariri, is struggling to prove it can deliver justice. Last week it declared that it would proceed with the trial of a suspect publicly acknowledged as dead.