Syrian rebels are bringing their fight closer and closer to Damascus and Bashar Al Assad said in a speech on Tuesday that his country was now "at war".
So, what now for the international community? Sit back and watch a civil war unfold or take steps to stop the bloodshed?
Marco Werman discusses various options with Marwa Daoudy, a Syrian-born professor of Middle East politics at Oxford University and is currently a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Princeton, New Jersey.
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