Augusztus 18-án Obama elnök és Catherine Ashton, az EU külügyi főképviselője egyaránt lemondásra szólították fel Bassar al-Asszad szíriai elnököt, s Washington újabb szankciókat hírdetett Szíria ellen. Clinton külügyminiszter beszédben méltatta az elnök döntését, hangsúlyozta az USA álláspontját és felvázolta a várható szankciókat.
SYRIA’S ASSAD SHOULD STEP ASIDE, OBAMA SAYS by firstname.lastname@example.org
President Obama joins several world leaders in calling for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to leave office and allow the Syrian people to realize their aspirations for political reforms and greater freedoms. The president also announces a tough new round of sanctions targeting the Assad regime.
Obama’s Statement on Syria, August 2011
Clinton on the Situation in Syria, by email@example.com)
Obama administration officials talk to reporters about the sanctions placed on Syria August 18.
President Obama signed this Executive Order on August 18, 2011. The order blocks the property of the Syrian government, bans U.S. persons from new investments in or exporting services to Syria, and bans U.S. imports of, and other transactions or dealings in, Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products.
The United States has taken a series of steps and actions to work toward putting an end to the Syrian government’s violence, arrests, and torture, supporting the Syrian people’s universal rights, and pushing for a democratic transition.
On August 18, 2011, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton made this statement on behalf of the EU, regarding violence in Syria.
Calling for Regime Change in Syria, by Council on Foreign Relations
U.S. calls for Syria’s Assad to step down can only be realized if combined with stronger measures to forge a diplomatic coalition and drive a wedge between Assad and his supporters, says CFR’s Robert Danin.
The Economic Consequences of Syria’s Social Unrest, from by Lahcen Achy. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
With recent popular protests causing a notable decline in Syria’s economic indicators, the country is facing critical socioeconomic challenges which could lead to the end of the Assad regime.
President Obama’s call for President Assad to step down has had a galvanizing impact on the international community. Salman Shaikh examines the implications of Obama’s statement for the Syrian protest movement, and argues it could possibly be a turning point in the revolution.