Syria and the Ukraine Factor

the Ward Post – Ambassador Curtis A. Ward The process of removal of all chemical weapons from Syria and degrading Syria’s capacity for future production of chemical weapons were being slowly realized prior to the problems erupting in Ukraine.  Progress in the past few months would not have been possible without the cooperation and collaboration ...

Diplomacy on the march in the Middle East

It was only a few days after I had recorded the audio for my video blog “Drumbeats for War and Peace” (DWaP) (http://www.curtiswardassociates.com/?p=463) that I heard Secretary of State John Kerry give indication of the actions required of Russia and Syria to prevent the U.S from pursuing military action to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.  This ...

Remembering 9/11: The World Stood Still

(On the evening of September 11, 2001, I sat in my apartment in Midtown Manhattan and wrote the following, which reflected my immediate thoughts on the terrorist attacks on the United States earlier that morning.) The day, 11 September 2001, began with attending the Sixteenth Annual International Prayer Breakfast, marking the opening of the Fifty-Sixth ...