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Syria talks pulled back from brink

Monday, Apr. 18, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura looked to the United States and Russia for help after the Syrian opposition said it will pause its participation in formal negotiations but stay in Geneva until it sees progress on strengthening the cease-fire and aid access.

US, UN welcome Yemen cease-fire

Monday, Apr. 11, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US officials welcomed a Yemen truce that went into effect April 11 after quiet Saudi-Houthi negotiations had already reduced violence in the year-old conflict, and urged the parties to find a political resolution at April 18 peace talks in Kuwait.

US 'encouraged' by momentum in Syria peace talks

Monday, Mar. 28, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

As the partial Syria cease-fire holds for a month, the United States and Russia expressed cautious optimism that they have found agreement on ways to move the Syria peace process forward.

Putin to Assad: Do svidaniya

Monday, Mar. 14, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying "do svidaniya" — goodbye — to Syria, announcing the start of a Russian military withdrawal that Putin said he hoped would bolster Syria peace talks underway in Geneva.

Syria talks set to resume

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said he planned to resume proximity talks between the Syrian government and the opposition on a political transition starting March 14.

What's behind IAEA's change in reporting?

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent

While critics complain that they are getting less information from the IAEA about Iran’s nuclear program after implementation of the JCPOA, a US official told Al-Monitor, “We get what we need.”

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