Category: Middle East

The problem with arming rebels in Syria

The Obama administration is reportedly revisiting the idea of arming rebels in Syria. Stephen Walt at Foreign Policy highlights some misconceptions about this potential approach to the conflict: This is the logic presented by former State Department official Frederick C. Hof, who told the New York Times that “the odds are very […]

Syria needs peaceful solutions

We heard your message loud and clear. Thank you to all of you who participated in our poll on our work on Syria. An overwhelming number of you urged us to focus on promoting peaceful solutions in Syria, while opposing military intervention. Click here to take action to […]

Peaceful solutions for Syria

In our poll from last month, Peace Action West members voted to support peaceful solutions to the crisis in Syria, while opposing military intervention. But what are things the US and the international community can do to help? It’s a complex crisis, and the complexity is compounded by […]

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Now you know the score

It’s an election year. That means it’s prime accountability time. And this email has everything you need to let your representatives in DC know you’ve been watching them like hawks. I’m excited to bring you Peace Action West’s report on the 2011 Congress in a new interactive format. […]

Administration sneaks in arms sale to Bahrain

 In response to push back from human rights groups and members of Congress, the Obama administration held off on an arms sale to the Bahraini government, pending an independent report on the crackdown on peaceful protesters that came out late last year. Despite lingering concerns about implementation of […]