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The situation in Syria remains volatile with violence escalating. The government of President Bashar al-Assad has increased its attacks on internal dissidents with reports of hundreds of new deaths in the past week. Meanwhile, the UN and other international powers remain unable to agree on what, if any, intervention is appropriate.

In this commentary, Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian discusses the turmoil in Syria and the broader ramifications for the region. He also addresses the U.S. decision to close its embassy in Damascus, citing security risks.