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Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria.

While much media attention recently has focused on the geopolitical fault-lines that connect Syria’s violence to wider region-wide trends, the plight of individual women, men, and children displaced within Syria or living in camps beyond its borders shows no sign of ending. As Secretary of State John Kerry has stated, the humanitarian situation in Syria is "an outrage" but the violence only looks set to worsen as opposition groups turn on each other and radical trans-national elements feed off the resulting vacuum of authority and control. This is the task as the international community prepares to reconvene in Switzerland on January 22, writes Baker Institute fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.

Read "Humanitarian crisis and political impasse in Syria" in the Jan. 16, 2014, Baker Institute Blog.