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Kerry Calls for 'Negotiated Outcome' in Syria

Al-Monitor’s coverage and analysis of the upcoming visits by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East, Kerry’s call for a negotiated outcome in Syria and Tunisia’s worsening crisis.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh shake hands during a joint press conference at the State Department February 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry and Judeh met privately to discuss efforts in Syria and on the Middle East peace process among other issues.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kerry, Obama Visits Offer Hope, Caution

There is truth in the old saw that the United States cannot want peace more than those in the region want it themselves. Geoffrey Aronson writes this week that  Secretary of State John Kerry venturing to the Middle East to listen and seek advice on how best to move the Israeli-Palestinian process forward is akin to seeking advice from inmates on the running of an asylum.

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