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Inside the Middle East Q&A: Dr. Moncef Marzouki on Tunisia, Democracy and Human Rights

April 25, 2017

Excerpt from an April 3rd installment of the “Inside the Middle East" Q&A Series, with Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former President of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014, on Tunisia's Arab Spring uprising, transition to democracy, and ongoing struggle for human rights and economic and social development, including his own role in Tunisia's historic transition.

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Analysis & Opinions - NPR.org

WBUR's Radio Boston: Nicholas Burns on U.S. Military Strike On Syria

| Apr. 07, 2017

On Thursday, President Trump ordered a military strike on "the airfield in Syria where the chemical weapons attack was launched." He said that "it is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons." It was the first direct American assault on President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Nicholas Burns talks with WBUR/Radio Boston. 

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Analysis & Opinions - Financial Times

Donald Trump’s welcome show of U.S. global leadership

| Apr. 07, 2017

Nicholas Burns's April 7 op-ed in the weekend edition of the Financial Times on the U.S. cruise missile strikes against the Syrian Air Force. His major points are:

  • He supports President Trump's decision. The U.S. should not tolerate Asad's use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
     
  • The Trump Administration needs a strategy for what comes next. They may consider working with Turkey to establish safe havens for civilians protected by a No Flight Zone. This carries enormous risk. Tread carefully.
     
  • The U.S. should push hard to resume UN-sponsored negotiations for a cease-fire and an eventual settlement to end the war. It may take years. But this is how the war will end.
     
  • Trump should reverse course and admit Syrian refugees into the U.S. This is the most direct way to help in the most horrific refugee crisis since World War Two.
     
  • Finally, this often brash and impulsive President should not conclude that the Syria strikes can be replicated easily elsewhere, such as in North Korea.  

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Analysis & Opinions - NPR.org

Nicholas Burns and Gary Samore on WAMU's 1A: Is Syria’s President Getting Away With Murder? How Should the U.S. Respond?

| Apr. 06, 2017

Reports suggest Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad was behind this week’s deadly chemical weapons attack that left dozens of people dead, some of them children. Guests Nicholas Burns and Gary Samore weigh-in: Should the U.S. and other Western nations act now to protect Syrians from further harm?

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Analysis & Opinions - CBSNews.com

CBS Evening News: Jared Kushner's foreign policy role grows despite lack of experience

| Apr. 03, 2017

Officials in the White House and Iraq have confirmed to CBS News that Jared Kushner is traveling to Iraq. President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser is traveling ahead of the president's meeting this week with three foreign leaders, including China's president. Nicholas Burns comments for CBS Evening News.