Transition in Syria after Bashar al-Assad will be impossible without constructive international support. From outsiders, Syria will need these five key things:
In the twisted calculus of today's presidential election, President Bashar al-Assad will claim legitimacy by getting a smaller percentage of the vote than in years past.
The OPCW inspectors were investigating recent claims that the Syrian regime used chlorine gas on a rebel-held town. Although the chemical is not outright banned, its use in weapons is.