Rami Khouri on Syria

Syria and the New Global Order
Agence Global
March 24, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Syria

“BEIRUT — What happens in Syria is important for reasons that go far beyond the borders of Syria. In the past three decades, the world has awkwardly navigated the ‘post-Cold War’ era, the short-lived American-dominated ‘unipolar world’, the ugly ‘global war on terror’, the emergence of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China), and the unresolved debate on the ‘obligation to protect’ civilians who are mistreated grossly by their own governments or fellow citizens. We may be witnessing in Syria the first example of a new global diplomatic process to end a conflict, protect civilians, and instigate democratic political reforms within a sovereign country in a manner that is at once legitimate, credible and effective.”

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