Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Surprise: Russia Airstrikes Help a U.S. Ally

Yousseff & Harris, Daily Beast

It's Time for Turkey to Choose a Side

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

How Obama Created a Mideast Vacuum

Dennis Ross, Politico Magazine

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-...(full article)

Now, U.S. officials fear such success could create a new alliance between its proxy forces in Syria and the Russian military, which American generals have repeatedly called a poten...(full article)

Syrian children born in exile are facing a real threat of statelessness: a condition once described as “a punishment more primitive than torture.” To be stateless is to...(full article)

The Islamic State suicide bombing in Istanbul yesterday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should stop worrying about the Kurds and take on the fundamentalists inste...(full article)

Few issues have confronted President Barack Obama with tougher dilemmas than Syria. Over the course of the nearly five years of the war within Syria, Obama has faced choices on how...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Syrians Agonized and Starving - New York Times

After haunting pictures and stories of starving civilians showed up on international news sites and social media, food and other desperately needed aid were finally allowed into th...

Was Syria Intervention Worth It for Russia? - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

While Moscow's military involvement in the Syria crisis has led to an increasingly important role for Russia in regional and global politics, critics wonder whether or not the cost...

ISIS on the Decline - Robert Fulford, National Post

In the summer of 2014 a band of terrorists and assassins bounded onto the stage of history and announced plans to conquer the world. Naming themselves the Islamic State, but often ...

Iran Won't Surrender Its Militias in Syria - Hassan Hassan, The National

The presence of Shia militias is important for the regime and for its backer in Tehran. Many of these militias are also key Iranian proxies in Iraq, with recent reports suggesting ...

It's Time to Support Assad - Jay Hallen, National Review

s the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis metastasize, we need a new approach for these unfolding human tragedies. To date, the Obama administration has mostly sat on the sidelines...

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia - Kenneth Pollack, Foreign Policy

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier....

Is U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Syria Realistic? - M. McFaul, Moscow Times

US leaders must remain realistic about the weak prospects for successful cooperation. Russia's bombing campaign has changed little on the ground, and its pledges to support a polit...

Syria's Never-Ending Exodus - Irish Times

It would seem that gradually we become inured to numbers, immune to them. “Millions”, and “hundreds of thousands” lose their meaning and their ability to sh...

The 5 Pivotal Issues of 2016 - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Prediction now is as perilous as it was back then. Dozens of issues are rushing toward us, headlong, but we’re plunging in and highlighting the five biggest global issues of ...

Redrawing the Map the Best Way to Fight ISIS - Tom Switzer, Sydney MH

The problem boils down to this: Iraq and Syria as we have known them are gone. Iraq is not one people, but rather three peoples: Kurds, (minority) Sunnis, and (majority) Shiites. S...

Saudi-Iran Rift Threatens Syria Diplomacy - Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, as an escalating war of words between the two archrivals threatened to derail a renewed international bid to halt the conf...

How Valuable an Ally Is Iran, Really? - Michael Young, Daily Star

Iran will retain a say over Syria’s and Iraq’s future and cannot be dismissed. However, with parliamentary elections coming in February, the missteps of the Revolutiona...

Turkey's Syrian Tangle - Javier Solana, Project Syndicate

Turkey should reflect on its position. It cannot risk being perceived as a country that jeopardizes basic freedoms, thereby widening the gap with the EU. Two factors will sustain i...

Choosing Not to Choose: Obama's Dithering on Syria - Paul Saunders, TNI

Obama presumably knew in 2011 that he was unwilling to make the emerging civil war one of his foreign-policy priorities, much less to commit significant political capital to mobili...

Iran's Plan for Syria Without Assad - Joyce Karam, The National Interest

For Iran, Bashar al-Assad has been a valuable ally but not an indispensable one. His coming to power in 2000, followed by the Iraq war in 2003 and Syria’s withdrawal from Leb...

On the Brink, with Erdogan - Michael Goldfarb, Politico EU

LONDON — 2015 is drawing to an end. The unanswered questions of the year — especially the ones related to ISIL, Syria and the massive flow of refugees from the region i...

Hezbollah Fighters Are Fed Up with Fighting Syria's War - Rosenfeld, DB

The Assad regime in Damascus has depended on Lebanon’s Army of God to shore up its weakened troops. But now many Lebanese fighters are refusing to serve....

Donbass Smolders While the World Focuses on Syria - Todd Wood, RCW

This weekend's shelling of international monitors in Kominternove, a village in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine, shows the violence and instability that is simmering under th...

It Will Take Years to Defeat the Idea of ISIS - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

In the absence of an improbably swift peace deal in Syria or the equally unlikely injection of foreign troops, Isil has a reasonable chance of keeping ahold of Raqqa and Mosul thro...

Hillary Must Be Held Accountable for Failure in Libya - Jim Webb, FB

The first rule of wing-walking (and regime change) is never let go of what you have until you have a firm grasp on where you are going....

Has Syria U.N. Resolution Already Been Violated? - B. Middleton, Arabiya

The latest and rare paper victory for Syria has yet to bring forth any change on the ground or even begin to halt the bloodshed. I believe the United Nations Resolution 2254 has be...

2015, Syria and the Butterfly Effect - Japan Times

The use of the term “Middle East” came from British Foreign Office maps that situated the region in the middle of the world between Britain and the Far East. The year 2...

When Russians Bomb Your Town - Michael Weiss, The Daily Beast

Jarrah returned to Aleppo two months ago because he wanted to see for himself what the Russian intervention was really like. Were his fellow countrymen lying about the scale of dev...

A Christmas of Despair for Christian Refugees - Hugh Naylor, Wash Post

In recent years, the number of Christians living in Syria and Iraq has plummeted as a result of unrest and attacks by militant Islamists. Lebanon, with its large and vibrant Christ...

Syria's Stalingrad - Thanassis Cambanis, Foreign Policy

HOMS, Syria — More than four years of relentless shelling and shooting have ravaged beyond recognition this city, which once served as the symbolic capital of the revolution....

Why Europe, Not America, Should Fight ISIL - Jerome Slater, Natl. Interest

For what reasons can states legitimately go to war? The most obvious one is self-defense—when one’s country is attacked by foreign forces, whether by organized armies o...

The Year When Syria's Problems Came to Europe - Noah Feldman, BV

Middle Easterners sometimes observe wryly that although the West causes some of their region’s problems, Westerners don’t have to suffer the consequences. In 2015, that...

An Agreement of Sorts on Syria - Irish Times

Agreement on Friday by the UN Security Council to a unanimous resolution on Syria may be a welcome, belated consensus on the part of the international community, but it scarcely re...

Assad Is Reaching Out to D.C. Insiders - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

Engagement with the regime is not black and white. Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman interviewed Assad this year and showed that there is a way for experts to enli...

Why Israel Killed Samir Kuntar - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar was infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israel...

The Security Council Wakes Up on Syria - New York Times

After nearly five years and more than 250,000 lives lost, the major world powers have now agreed on a plan for ending the civil war that has torn Syria apart and allowed the Islami...

A Hidden Syrian Maze of Military-to-Military Relations - S. Hersh, LRB

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him &nd...

Is There Finally Hope for Syria? A Bit, at Least - Economist

The measure comes after months of negotiations between world powers, most notably America and Russia, which have been divided over the future of Syria. It is the first time the sec...

Five Mideast Stories to Watch in 2016 - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

It would be difficult to overstate just how deadly and destabilizing a year it was in the Middle East. From the civil wars raging in Syria and Yemen, to the ongoing military campai...

Syria's Most Unconventional Weapon: Wheat - Annia Ciezadlo, Wash Post

In the fall of 2012, fighters from the Free Syrian Army took over Eastern Ghouta, a semi-agricultural area about eight miles northeast of Damascus. Government forces responded by p...

Don't Celebrate the U.N. Syria Plan Just Yet - Hassan Hassan, The National

The optimism seems to be misplaced, mostly because it is not based on any progress or attainable objectives in the foreseeable future. Instead of the usual focus on the difficulty ...

New Cold War Comes to Syria - Nabeel Khoury, Cairo Review

Russia’s intervention has intensified the Syrian civil war, drawing both Western and regional powers deeper into a seemingly intractable conflict....

America's Absence Destabilizes Lebanon - Elliott Abrams, CFR

If Syria and Hezbollah can select Lebanon’s Christian president, it will mark a giant step toward their renewed domination of Lebanon. It will also show the sad decline of Americ...

Russia Is Keeping the US Grounded in Syria - Rogin & Lake, Bloom. View

earlier this month, Moscow deployed an SA-17 advanced air defense system near the area and began “painting” U.S. planes, targeting them with radar in what U.S. official...

Erdogan's Blurred Red Line on Russia - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The broader problem for Putin (and for Erdogan) is that the crisis appears to have obliterated more than a decade of Russian efforts at cultivating Erdogan and Turkey as part of Mo...

Turkey Fears Life After ISIS - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Turkey is, in truth, more concerned about who will fill the void left by ISIS in these territories once the jihadi organization is weakened or ultimately defeated. Ankara's nightma...

Russia Is Using Space Power In Its Attack on Syria - D. Axe, Daily Beast

Less visible but no less impressive has been Russia’s mobilization in Earth’s orbit. Moscow claimed it has positioned 10 satellites—representing more than 10 perc...

Palestinians Should Learn From the Kurds - Dan & Bob Feferman, J-Post

As the current "stabbing intifada" waged by Palestinians against Israelis reaches its third month with no end in sight, and even the indefatigable John Kerry raised his hands in ex...

Australia's Unique Role in Syria's Political Resolution - Cavanough, Dip.

Commentators can sometimes be dismissive of Australia’s place in major international disputes. But Canberra’s positioning on the ongoing crisis in Syria is illustrativ...

Moscow Is Extorting the West - Lilia Shevtsova, The American Interest

The Kremlin wants to have a seat at the table with the world’s key actors, but it also wants them to respect Russia’s right to interpret international norms as it sees fit, and...

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