Elina Saxena

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Elina Saxena was a National Security Intern at The Brookings Institution. She is currently a senior at Georgetown University where she majors in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The ceasefire in Syria has all but crumbled after government forces assaulted a rebel-held town and left dozens dead. The town of Maarat al-Noaman has been protesting against the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front for weeks, but the New York Times writes that it “became a scene of carnage, as government warplanes attacked the town’s marketplace, killing dozens of people, according to residents and rescue workers.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Ri

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva today as President Bashar al Assad proceeded with parliamentary elections. The Guardian notes that the “polls are due to remain open until 7pm [in government-held areas] but are unlikely to produce any surprises in the 250-seat assembly or challenge the dominance of the Ba’ath party or loyal independents” in what most observers consider a sham election.