Conditions have deteriorated in 2013, and could get even worse. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama to launch military strikes in Syria because of the regime’s apparent use of chemical weapons. The full Senate will consider the resolution next week.
Obama joined world leaders in northern Russia on Thursday for the Group of Twenty (G20) talks on international issues. The debate over military strikes in Syria will likely overshadow the summit, particularly because Russia is selling weapons to the regime and strongly opposes western military intervention.
This week's Global Journalist focused on the impact Syria is having on U.S. relations with Russia, and on a photojournalist who was abducted by Islamist rebels near Damascus.
Jonathan Alpeyrie, photojournalist who was abducted in Syria
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, senior editor at The National Interest magazine, and a professor of national-security studies at the U.S. Naval War College
Ronald G. Suny, Charls Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan