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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.”

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.

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