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A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 11.15.2014 | Home
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

Zach Carter

Lobbyists For Syrian Rebels To Woo Congress For Funding In Closed-Door Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists for the Free Syrian Army will meet with members of Congress and staffers from both political parties in a closed-door meeting ...

Obama's Last Chance to Control His Credibility

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.11.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has a precious opportunity to carve out a legacy for himself and carry out a coup against the reputation of weakness, repudiation and retreat that has dogged and haunted him.

A Reluctant Warrior

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is trying to walk a very fine line between doing nothing and all-out war. He will be counting on others to do the ground fighting, which may depend on how much support America gets from regional allies. The end game of this limited warfare is going to be hard to see, however.

Collaborating With Assad Against ISIS: Wrong in the Circumstances

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Home
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Surprisingly, there are some voices, on both sides of the Atlantic, who are advocating, as a possible option, teaming up with the Assad regime to attack ISIS.

The Regional Decision Between Washington, Riyadh, and Moderate Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.05.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

Until recently, U.S.-Saudi relations were at their worst. Today, things differ radically, as Washington returned to regional decision-making on the basis of the bilateral relationship with Riyadh and the moderates in Tehran. Something new is coming to the Middle East that might not be a bad thing, if the leaders concerned make good decisions.

NATO and Turkey: Is Fighting Terrorism Really a Priority?

Norm Kurz | Posted 11.02.2014 | Home
Norm Kurz

With Recep Tayyip Erdogan now sworn in as Turkey's new President, his successful efforts to prolong his rule after two terms as Prime Minister have observers comparing his popularity to that of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Assad or ISIS

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.01.2014 | Home
Jeff Danziger

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Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.

Egypt Has Regained the Palestinian Issue and Its Regional Leadership

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.28.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

What is a constant here is that there is a Saudi-Egyptian-Emirati strategic relationship with important regional dimensions, and this deserves appreciation, at least for what it represents in the regional balance of power and as a bulwark against the projects led by radical Islamist groups.

Syria Presents Itself As Partner In West's Fight Against IS

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2014 | Home

By Mariam Karouny and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Syria said on Monday it would cooperate in any international effort to...

ISIS Turns Into a Catalyst for Reviving Sunni Moderation

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.14.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The events in Iraq this week may represent the entryway to a new approach in Saudi-Iranian ties, with the removal of the obstacle represented by Nouri al-Maliki, and the deal to appoint Haidar Abadi as prime minister to form a consensus, non-exclusionary government in Iraq.

The Need for 'Sahawat' in Syria to Defeat Terrorist Groups

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.07.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

Does the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) constitute a radical shift in the history and the future of the Arab region, or is it a transient phenomenon, no matter how formidable it seems with its strength and its performance in the battlefields of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon today?

The Gaza War: Concerted Efforts for a Ceasefire or a Humanitarian Truce

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.01.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

In parallel, the hurdles impeding a ceasefire are growing not only because of Hamas's rejection of a permanent ceasefire if not accompanied by an end to the blockade, but also because Israel is determined to continue the war on Gaza.

Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 09.20.2014 | Home
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIS as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.16.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

A Difficult Phase for Iran's Nuclear and Regional Ambitions

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.09.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The current phase is not convenient for the Islamic Republic of Iran: nuclear negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have stalled and the desired agreement may not be reached by the deadline set on July 20.

Border Crisis: How Will Turkey Support Over 1 Million Syrian Refugees?

Jen Nedeau | Posted 08.31.2014 | Home
Jen Nedeau

Turkey, which is smaller in size than the state of Texas, shares a long border with Syria, much like Texas shares with Mexico. In Syria, not just one generation, but many generations have been wiped out by the violence.

Iran Seeking to Appear as Counterterrorism Partner for the United States

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.26.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

There is much talk about the unique opportunity emerging from the womb of fragmented Iraq to produce qualitatively new regional and international agreements. Some are saying that the time has come for the "grand bargain."

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

ISIS May Skip Baghdad and Instead Build a New State: ‘Syriaq'

Paul Salem | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Paul Salem

ISIS has effectively shown another way forward: to forget about Damascus and Baghdad for now, forget about the Sykes-Picot borders and create a new political space out of the parts of Syria and Iraq that their capitals do not control--a large and viable political territory with major historic cities, trade routes, oil resources and borders potentially abutting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. For now, let's call it Syriaq.

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

Syria a Bargaining Chip in the P5+1 Negotiations Between Iran and the Major Powers

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.05.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The difference between the Egyptian and Syrian presidential elections this week is that the first has revived Egypt as a leading nation in the regional balance of power, with an Arab decision and Arab support, while the second has taken Syria out of the Arab mainstream and made it a satellite of Iran in the regional balance of power.

Obama Pursues a Strategy of Drafting Others for America's Wars

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.29.2014 | Home
Raghida Dergham

What President Obama has not been able to achieve in the past six years is to convince his people and the world that his foreign policy is sound, and that it serves U.S. interests and the cause of America's international leadership.