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U.S. Concerned About Spillover of Sectarian Violence from Syria to Lebanon

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 9:09 pm (UTC+0)
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May Mean Changes for Hezbollah What does the spillover of sectarian violence from Syria to Lebanon mean for Hezbollah? And will it lead to broader instability? Paul Salem, director of Carnegie Endowment Middle East Center’s office in Beirut, believes violence in Sunni and Alawite neighborhoods of Tripoli will continue but is unlikely to spread elsewhere. […]

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Time to Assess Meles Legacy in Ethiopia

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 2:12 am (UTC+0)

U.S. Looks to Maintain Security Cooperation Reflections on the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi are as mixed as his legacy. The former rebel leader helped end the communist “Red Terror” of Mengistu Haile Mariam, but dealt harshly with his own political opponents. He played leading roles in stabilizing Somalia and Sudan, but could […]

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China Bashes Western “meddling” Over South China Sea

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 8:17 pm (UTC+0)

U.S. Warns Against “Divide-and-Conquer” approach China is lashing out at accusations that it’s blocking the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from settling rival territorial claims in the South China Sea. According to Beijing, ASEAN’s failure to agree on a code of conduct over the maritime dispute was caused by Western “meddling” designed to “smear China’s […]

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Indonesia Working to Calm South China Sea

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm (UTC+0)

Foreign Minister Natalegawa Out Front in Regional Mediation Indonesia is distinguishing itself as a voice of moderation and mediation in the troubled waters of the South China Sea. Even as the rival territorial claims over the sea was splitting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia last month, Indonesia refused to quit acting as […]

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Burma Opens Up but Risks Remain

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC+0)

 U.S. investors cautioned to take care International economic sanctions have been eased and American businesses are leading the charge to set up shop in Burma. But the Obama administration wants the business leaders to consider more than just making money as a more open Burma risks exposing more of its population to human trafficking and […]

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Scott Stearns

Scott Stearns

Scott Stearns is VOA’s State Department correspondent. He has worked as VOA’s Dakar Bureau Chief, White House correspondent, and Nairobi Bureau Chief since beginning his career as a freelance reporter in the Liberian civil war. He has written for the BBC, UPI, the Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, and The Economist. Scott has a Bachelors and Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.



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