Next Steps in Syria, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, August 1, 2012   [open pdf - 259KB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "I think all of my colleagues will agree that we are currently looking at a dangerous and downward spiral in the heart of the Middle East and one that has the potential--not necessarily but certainly the potential--to threaten the security of key regional friends and partners, including Israel but other countries also. And it has profound strategic implications for our country and for other countries in the region. The international community, with American leadership and support, must continue to help the opposition both in ending Assad's reign of terror and in preparing for what comes next after he is gone. I know that reading today's newspapers, it is clear with Kofi Annan's mission and the difficulties he has faced that President Assad does not yet believe that, or at least certainly does not evidence any indication that he is contemplating that possibility. But most observers, most people analyzing the situation and seeing increasing defections, increasing violence, increasing capacity by the opposition, as well as other indicators, draw the conclusion that the days are numbered." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James Dobbins, John F. Kerry, Martin Indyk, Richard G. Lugar, and Andrew Tabler.

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S. Hrg. 112-608; Senate Hearing 112-608
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