Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Syria's Changing Strategic Landscape

Robert Rabil, The Nat'l Interest

Iran Is Reaching Its Limits in Syria

Alan Philps, The National

Syria Flows into Jordan

Emma Parson & Katie Welsford, Compass Cultura

Two astute observers of the Middle East Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, and Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for t...(full article)

These developments inside Syria and the region point to one conclusion: the Iranian intervention, which has so far saved the regime – perhaps at the cost of $2 billion (Dh7.3...(full article)

Over 3.8 million Syrians have been uprooted and forced to flee to the safety of neighboring states causing strands of the Syrian spirit to be gradually woven into a much broader re...(full article)

Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has long been a central player in Syria’s civil war. But while the group may get less media coverage than the Islamic State (IS)...(full article)

The rumors and assessments are flying. Analysts and experts are starting to wonder whether recent rebel gains in the north of Syria don’t constitute some potential tipping po...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Al Qaeda and ISIS Are Very Different Indeed - Daniel Byman, Brookings

Who will emerge triumphant is not clear. However, the implications of one side’s victory or of continuing division are profound for the Muslim world and for the United States...

Little Hope Left for Syria - Seth Mandel, Commentary

It’s pretty clear at this point that Bashar al-Assad’s forces are in a state of alarm. A string of setbacks at the hands of rebel armies as well as from its own interna...

Chlorine Saves Lives; Assad Uses It to Kill - A Sparrow, NY Review of Books

As epidemics of waterborne diseases escalate across Syria in besieged and opposition-held areas, the Syrian government’s systematic withholding of the primary means to decont...

Is Assad Finally on His Way Out? - W.R. Mead, The American Interest

He could be, and his exit will make a mess, the scope of which will be the direct result of U.S. policy the past few years. Nevertheless, his fall could prove to be the start of a ...

Happy Talk Won't Defeat ISIS - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal

Statistics being touted by the Pentagon have a whiff of the Vietnam War about them....

Where ISIS Gets Its Weed - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

THE BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They are killing Syrians and each other at an astronomical rate but there seems to be one thing that jihadist troops and Assad allies are working ...

Why Won't Obama Help Syria's Christians? - Hail Kouki, Daily Beast

Syria is ruled by a regime that can easily make you appreciate the freedom of just being out of prison. I was released after 40 days and I said to myself, “Never again, freed...

The Futility of Interviewing Assad - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

Last week we were treated to another glimpse into the life and thoughts of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as part of a "60 Minutes" interview with Charlie Rose. With the world, ...

The Middle East: A Rubik's Cube of Conflict - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Never in modern times has the Middle East been so chaotic. Many of us who have worked in the region have been comparing it — frighteningly — to Europe’s Thirty Ye...

Assad Is Weakening - Economist

FOR the rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad, it was a huge victory. On March 28th a collection of Islamist fighters, including Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, ca...

Assad's Grip Is Slipping - The National

He should have seen it coming. At the beginning of the early 2011 uprising that would become the Syrian civil war, Bashar Al Assad released militants from his prisons to deliberate...

The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures - George Friedman, Stratfor

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued i...

War Is Consuming the Middle East - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

For many years, the world has looked at the Middle East in fear that any conflict there could spill over into a region-wide war that pits the two great sects of Islam against each ...

Kerry's Assad Accommodation - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone-in case anyone still harbored doubts-that the Obama administration had no intentio...

Assad Fools America - Again - Zelin & Alrifai, National Interest

With the rise of ISIS and its open brutality, the United States has stopped calling for the overthrow of Assad and is actually now working together with Assad to “defeat&rdqu...

Obama, the Assad Accomplice - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

So Assad knows that Mr. Obama will do nothing to dethrone him. He knows also that the administration—which came to office as the most pro-Syrian in history—still wants ...

An Absent America Is the Worst of All Worlds - Faisal Al Yafai, National

But America is today, at best, an absent-minded ally. Washington seeks to influence in some areas – extensively in Iraq and Iran, to a lesser extent in Lebanon – but th...

Syria Is Dead, Long Live the Syrians - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

Syria's population has lost over 220,000 in the past four years and one million more have been wounded. Some 4.3 million are projected to have left the country by the end of the ye...

Why the Strategy in Iraq and Syria Is Failing - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

One of the ironies of a steadily more partisan Washington is that its politicians and policymakers continue to call for "strategy" without looking beyond the military dimension. On...

America Is Losing the War in Syria - Robert Ford, Foreign Policy

The current U.S. strategy in Syria isn’t working. Despite the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State, the group still has strategic depth in Syria to back its campaign in...

ISIS's Plan to Take Its Caliphate Global - Nancy Youssef, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to o...

Syria's Ancient Culture Is Being Obliterated - W. Abdallah, Al-Monitor

Syria's most treasured antiquities have been destroyed or looted as smugglers seek to profit from the country’s destruction....

A Dangerous Escalation Between Hezbollah and Israel - El-Husseini, TNI

The "rules of the game" have unraveled. Now what?...

Al Qaeda Affiliate Rises in Syria - Jonathan Spyer, PJ Media

In the latest blow to supporters of the “moderate” elements among the Syrian rebels, the Harakat Hazm “Movement of Determination” this week announced that it was disbanding...

An ISIS Strategy Should Consider Syria, Russia, and Iran - A. Pierce, WT

In asking Congress to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Obama stressed the importance of showing the world “we are united in our ...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

ISIS Gets Funding Via Looted Art - Daniela Deane, Washington Post

LONDON — Almost 100 items of Syrian art and antiquities looted by the extremist Islamic State group have been smuggled into Britain and sold for money to fund the group&rsquo...

Plight of Syria's Christian Minority - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

Before a brutal civil war engulfed Syria, the country was testament to the religious and ethnic diversity of the Middle East. Arabs of different faiths, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrian ...

The Assyrian Christians Defending Their People - Khalel and Vickery, FP

Johan Cosar sits on the floor of a cold, dark room with his knees pulled up to his chest, an AK-47 leaning casually against his leg. The electricity has cut out, but he is unconcer...

Did Turkey Cut a Deal with ISIS? - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Turkish leaders have presented their weekend mission to rescue dozens of troops guarding an ancient Ottoman tomb inside Syria as a military triumph. But critics see Saturday nigh...

Islamic State: The Beast Keeps Growing - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The Islamic State has been ballooning aggressively for well over a year now, and the question I posed three months ago is whether we are ready to face the truth about this next gen...

Turkey Makes a Move in Syria - Economist

TURKISH tanks and troops backed by attack helicopters and drones rumbled into Syria over the weekend to repatriate 38 Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grand...

A Fight to the Death with Theocrats - Prince Salman of Bahrain, Telegraph

The weekend’s attacks in Copenhagen are a further reminder that if we’re meaningfully to address this spiralling global threat, we need to widen our understanding and de...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

The Unlikely Heroes Saving Syrians - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

ide by side with the worst of humanity, you often see the best. In Syria, that’s a group of volunteers called the White Helmets. Its members rush to each bombing and claw sur...

Obama Stumbled into the Right Syria Policy - Ian Bremmer, FT

America’s values demand that Washington offer what it can to help those who need assistance. American interests require that Washington keep its distance from wars it can&rsq...

The Enemy of a Syrian Enemy Is Still an Enemy - Colum Lynch, FP

U.N. leaders thought the rise of the Islamic State could push Assad and the country's moderate rebels closer to a deal. They were wrong....

ISIS May Drift, but It Won't Sink - Fidaa Itani, NOW Lebanon

Four reasons ISIS will remain resilient despite recent defections and a recent rallying of forces against them....

Assad's Lurid Sales Pitch as Alternative to Chaos - L. Williams, Interpreter

After popular protests broke out in Syria against the ruling regime headed by Bashar Assad in 2011, supporters of the president adopted a catch-cry. The slogan was seen scrawled on...

Obama, Assad Teaming Up to Take On ISIS - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Washington and Damascus are not coordinating their battle plans against the so-called Islamic State at any official level, but a de facto deal between them is increasingly obvious....

The Media's Failure in Syria - Scott Lucas, The Conversation

February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria’s four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched more than 100 rockets into Damascus and the As...

How Making Nice with Tehran Boosts ISIS - Ahmad El Assaad, NY Post

Sunnis across the Middle East feel bullied by Tehran’s increasingly dominant role in the region, and angry as the world remains on the sidelines. This unfortunate reality i...

How to Win Covert Wars - Richard Russell, The National Interest

In light of plummeting security around the globe today, the United States would be prudent to take an inventory of its instruments of statecraft. The foundation for effective sta...

Syrian Civil War Persists Despite ISIS Threat - Zeina Karam, Miami Herald

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria's civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred peo...

Syria, the Ultimate Example of Realpolitik - Marc Pierini, EU Observer

With the roar of conflict in eastern Ukraine, some disquieting developments in the Middle East might have been recently overlooked. Yet, interviews by Syrian president Bashar al-As...

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