A man votes for Syria's President Bashar Assad, on a ballot stamped with his blood, during the presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Polls opened in government-held areas in Syria amid very tight security Tuesday for the country's presidential election, a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.
Incumbent president Bashar al-Assad won re-election in a contest many say was not free or fair.
This week on Global Journalist, we look at the results of the Syrian presidential election, and explore what Assad's victory means for the country.We also take a look at the west's response to the election, and how Syrian refugees are impacting neighboring countries like Lebanon.
Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.