The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
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.
Advance voting in Syria's presidential election begins today. Although there is widespread skepticism about the legitimacy of the vote, enthusiasm was high among exiles in Lebanon.