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Commentators Consider Solutions In Syria

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In Syria, clashes continue between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel groups. On the diplomatic side, Kofi Annan has announced he will brief the Security Council on Friday about his meetings with the president in Syria last week. Melissa Block talks with three guests about different perspectives on what should occur in Syria. Anne-Marie Slaughter is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and is former director of planning at the State Department. Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar the American Enterprise Institute and former deputy secretary of Defense. And Daniel Serwer was a former U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation.
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