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Understanding Syria

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

Bruce Reidel over at The Daily Beast has the best article I’ve read yet on the growing conflict within Syria and its potential consequences for the country, the region and the world at large. If you want a succinct but detailed history of the religious differences within Syria over the past half-century or so, and the relationships of various religious factions to the military and the Al-Assad regime, look no further.

Born in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, Margaret has always felt awed by the world’s most beautiful places, and driven to see as many of them as possible. Since graduating from college in 2009, she’s been reading, writing, and wandering across the world indulging in her love of long train rides, learning how to say “excuse me” in as many languages as possible, deciphering time tables and metro maps, and carrying far too many books around in her backpack. Having traveled through parts of the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, she’s decided that feeling properly well-traveled is a bit like feeling truly well-read: practically impossible, but a goal well-worth pursuing anyway!

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