What's Next For Syria? (JMD on CNA Radio)
The United Nations says Syria is in a civil war. Monitors estimate that more than 14,000 people have been killed in the 15-month uprising against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Amnesty International claims the Syrian government is committing crimes against humanity and it has called for an international response. France says it will propose to the UN Security Council to make UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan mandatory. Moscow, a long time ally of Damascus, is now trying to organise an international conference on Syria that would include several nations with influence over the conflict, including Iran. The US, Britain and France, however, object to Iran taking part. Meanwhile, UN observers on the ground recently came under attack in a village near Al-Haffe after government supporters surrounded their vehicles as they were trying to reach the besieged town. With the international community unable to reach a consensus amid the escalating violence, what's next for the war-torn Syria? A question which 938LIVE's Reeta Raman posed to James Dorsey, Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University. Mr Dorsey begins by explaining why it's proving to be so difficult to find a way to stop the fighting in Syria.