The Back Channel

If Syria cease-fire fails, what is Plan B?

Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States said it was encouraged that the Syrian cessation of hostilities appeared to be holding, with no significant violations reported in the past day, as analysts said Russia was backing the truce because it feared a quagmire and talk of a US "Plan B."

White House: Russia ‘on the hook’ for Syria truce

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The White House said Russia is ‘on the hook’ for the success of the partial Syria truce set to start Feb. 27, and cautioned that the truce is likely to take time to take hold, and will face setbacks.

US, Russia reach partial Syria truce deal

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Syria, to go into effect Feb. 27, yet the plan excludes both the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra.

Will aid deliveries to Syria help advance peace talks?

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States said it would meet with Russia in Geneva on Feb. 19 for consultations on how to implement a Syria truce, as the United Nations said Feb. 17 that it was able to deliver 100 trucks of humanitarian aid to five besieged Syrian towns.

Will US, Russia be able to turn 'words on paper' into action in Syria?

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Russia, meeting with international powers, announced that they had agreed on a plan for rapid humanitarian aid delivery to seven besieged areas in Syria and to try to work out a temporary truce to go into effect after one week.

Will Kerry be able to salvage Syria peace talks?

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he was preparing to test Russian seriousness as he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed possible Syria cease-fire arrangements.

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