Where is Syria heading? (Some answers include a civil war, economic meltdown, or stalemate, albeit with defections.) A recent Frontline special offers chilling insights into what protesters face from the brutal and consistent government crackdown.
Now the Arab League weighs in:
Arab governments, seeking to reflect popular demand for democratic change, are trying to address the issue without prompting the violent downfall of the Syrian government or international military action, analysts said.
“They all want to appear democratic, proactive and standing up for people because they are so embattled at home,” said Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Long War Journal offers this helpful list of the key players.