Juliette Kayyem, Former Asst. Sec., Dept. of Homeland Security on the Middle East

It would be hard to find a more troubled part of the world right now than the Middle East. In Syria, terrible massacres, including last week’s killings in Houlu, are leaving scores of children and other civilians dead — the total by some counts has now reached thousands. And while many nations have expelled Syrian diplomats, the collective willingness to take real action just isn’t there — Just yesterday, Russia President Vladimir Putin rejected calls for outside intervention in Syria. Meanwhile, in 14 days, Egypt will choose its first president since Hosni Mubarak left power. The campaign — between a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood and a former Mubarak official — risks violence. Where is this region headed? What can outside countries, including the US, do? Here to help us understand, Juliette Kayyem, Boston Globe National Security columnist & Former Asst Secy, Dept. of Homeland Security. (Originally broadcast 6-2-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

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