The Arab League, Iraq and Stopping Violence in Syria
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Iraq may still be at risk of coming apart, but it's hosting this week's Arab League for the first time since the era of Saddam Hussein. Is the League more important in the aftermath of the so-called "Arab Spring?" Can it reach a consensus on how to prevent more civilian bloodshed in Syria? Also, the Supreme Court begins a third day of healthcare hearings, and Magic Johnson helps end a long nightmare for fans of the LA Dodgers.
Banner image: Iraqi prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) leaves after attending the Arab economy, finance and trade ministers meeting as part of Arab League Summit on March 27, 2012 in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo by Ali Haider-Pool/Getty Images
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The Arab League Goes Back to Baghdad ()
This week's Arab League Summit puts Iraq -- a country still torn by political and religious tensions and recent outbreaks of violence -- back in the news. It's a big moment for Baghdad, the first such meeting it's hosted since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait more than 20 years ago. Prime Minister al-Maliki is hosting the meeting, distracting attention from human rights violations, talk of renewed civil war and even partition. But this week's summit may not be a summit at all without a major figure from Saudi Arabia, and the League may not reach consensus on Syria, its most troubling issue. What are their options? What about the influence of Russia and China, Kofi Annan's latest proposal, Iran and the United States?
- Richard Murphy: Middle East Institute
- Liz Sly: Washington Post, @lizsly
- Fouad Ajami: Stanford University
- Marc Lynch: George Washington University, @abuaardvark
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