September 21, 2013 Syria has delivered data about its arsenal of chemical weapons, meeting a deadline set by the U.S. and Russia a week ago. But the country's civil war is continuing.
September 15, 2013 The deal to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons stocks came after weeks in which Obama and his administration kept changing course in response to roadblocks. Other presidents have improvised their way through foreign policy crises, but past generations weren't able to follow along in real time.
September 15, 2013 Syria's rebels are criticizing a plan to destroy the country's chemical weapons, saying it doesn't punish President Bashar Assad. The Syrian regime's first public reaction to the U.S.-Russia deal came Sunday, when a minister called it a "victory."
September 14, 2013 President Obama's approach to Syria has taken a number of surprising twists and turns in the weeks since a poison gas attack in August. A surprise agreement between Russia and the U.S. on a timetable for destroying Syria's weapons is the latest in what appears at times to be an unscripted drama.
September 13, 2013 Although a Free Syrian Army commander has said his fighters haven't yet gotten any "lethal aid" from the U.S., sources tell NPR that some small arms are being delivered to "moderate" rebels. Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian diplomats report progress in their discussions.
September 12, 2013 Vladimir Putin took a deliberate jab at President Obama, just when the two nations are attempting to make a deal on Syria. Putin is not only seeking to have the upper hand in U.S.-Russia relations but to teach Obama a lesson.
September 12, 2013 AIPAC has blanketed Capitol Hill with lobbyists trying to convince Congress to authorize a military strike against Syria. But despite its close ties with many lawmakers, the lobby has had little success.
September 11, 2013 In an op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria. He countered many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.
September 11, 2013 Despite the president's Syria speech, the path to congressional authorization of military strikes in Syria is no easier than before. The timing of when, or even if, Congress will hold votes is now an open question.
September 11, 2013 In the face of congressional and popular resistance to his call for retaliation against Syria, the president had a conversion on the missile flight path to Damascus. But what constitutes presidential wisdom and strength in today's global politics? It may have less to do with traditional notions of strength and more to do with vision and adaptability.
September 10, 2013 The president framed the need to take punitive action against Syria in a historical and moral context. But in a tacit acknowledgment of public and congressional resistance, he said he was postponing further military and political action while pursuing newfound diplomatic openings.