Daniel Serwer

Johns Hopkins University

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Professor of conflict management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a scholar at the Middle East Institute, he blogs at Peacefare.net

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In four and a half years, Syria's civil war has killed 250,000 people and displaced 12 million -- half the nation's entire population.

Peace Talks and Warfare in Syria

In four and a half years, Syria's civil war has killed 250,000 people and displaced 12 million -- half the nation's entire population.

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The presence of multiple combat operations in Syria are all too evident today with news that  Turkey has shot down a drone  that intruded into its airspace while an offensive backed by…

New Government Offensive in Syria

The presence of multiple combat operations in Syria are all too evident today with news that Turkey has shot down a drone that intruded into its airspace while an offensive backed by…

from To the Point

UN Secretary General  Ban Ki-Moon said  today there must be a third round of peace talks between Syria and its divided opponents.

The Syrian War and Its Humanitarian Crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said today there must be a third round of peace talks between Syria and its divided opponents.

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