Randa Slim


Putin’s Master Plan for Syria

The Kremlin isn't withdrawing from the war-torn country, it's hoping to translate its recent gains into a diplomatic victory.


Does Iran Need an Exit Strategy?

For four long years, Tehran has fought, bled, and paid for its ally in Damascus. It may be time for a new strategy.

The Middle East Channel

Lebanon confronts civil war

Twin car bombs exploded outside packed mosques in Tripoli killing at least 47 people and wounding hundreds. This horrific attack came on the heels of ...

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Hezbollah’s plunge into the Syrian abyss

Hezbollah built its legitimacy fighting Israel. On April 30, Hezbollah's Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah admitted publicly for the first time what was until then ...


The Survivor

Barack Obama called for Syrian's Bashar al-Assad to step aside more than a year ago. Here's why he's still in power.

The Middle East Channel

Unite Syria’s opposition first

There is a near-consensus among those grappling with the crisis in Syria on the urgency of unifying the Syrian opposition. But 11 months into the ...

The Middle East Channel

Meet Syria’s Opposition

Seven months into the uprisings, the Syrian opposition has yet to develop a united voice and platform. Unless these disparate groups unite and present a ...

The Middle East Channel

Where’s Syria’s business community?

The decision by the U.S. Treasury to freeze the assets of Syrian businessman Mohammad Hamsho and his businesses has sent a strong message to a ...

The Middle East Channel

Hezbollah’s most serious challenge

The popular uprisings in Syria represent the most serious challenge to Hezbollah since the 2006 war with Israel. A regime change in Syria would threaten ...

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About Randa Slim

Randa Slim is director of the Initiative for Track II Dialogues at the Middle East Institute and a non-resident fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.



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