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Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, in Damascus, Syria Tuesday. (AP)
Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, in Damascus, Syria Tuesday. (AP)

While Russia is asserting itself in the Syrian conflict, Edward Lucas, international editor for The Economist said, "There's no Western leadership now."

The popular uprising in Syria is just one area of concern for the West. There are reports of a possible Israel strike against Iran, and Egypt is facing serious challenges in what was once thought to be a road to democracy.

With increasing turmoil in the Middle East, Western leaders are struggling to find a path forward.

Guest:

  • Edward Lucas, international editor for The Economist

This segment aired on February 7, 2012.

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