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After over a thousand days of death and misery, two important public statements show why policy on Syria must enter a new phase of intensity and focus.Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama, in setting out his broader foreign-policy stance, spoke of Syria's three evils – brutal military tactics, the terrorist threat from the opposition and the need to support refugees. Syria's neighbors are struggling to cope with the conflict's spillover.Indeed, the United Nations still has not replaced Lakhdar Brahimi, who recently resigned as peace envoy to Syria.The Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee, for example, are doing important work, delivering cross-border humanitarian supplies into Syria and helping refugees and host communities in four countries. They currently aid more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, including a half-million who are internally displaced, traumatized, angry and bewildered by the lack of outside assistance.However, only 26 percent of the funds needed to support Syria's neighbors have been pledged, resulting in a patchwork of short-term aid.
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