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US, Russia to jointly monitor Syria cease-fire

Tuesday, May. 3, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said they hoped that a partial Syria cease-fire would be extended to Aleppo after the United States and Russia agreed to create a joint Syria cease-fire monitoring operation in Geneva, but fighting raged on in the city.

UN warns of 'catastrophic' breakdown of Syria cease-fire

Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United Nations warned of a catastrophic breakdown of the Syria cease-fire as the United States said it was outraged by what it initially assessed to be a deliberate Syrian regime airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo.

Trump meets the DC foreign policy establishment

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump rolls out his "America First" foreign policy speech, leaving many unanswered questions about his plans to secure the United States and stabilize the world's trouble spots.

Can US, Iran maintain ties after Obama?

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

After three years of frequent and intense US-Iranian diplomatic contacts during the successful Iran nuclear deal negotiations, can the United States and Iran maintain their diplomatic opening after President Barack Obama leaves office and John Kerry is no longer secretary of state?

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.

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