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Wake Up America, Russia is Back!

David Paul | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Despite all the fury generated on the campaign trail by the ISIS attacks and the failures of American strategy to date, there is little that any of the candidates have suggested that differs much from what we have been doing so far.

Turkey Downs Putin's Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Saad Khan

The incident reflects the growing brazenness of the Russians after their much-touted quasi-invasion of Syria. It also indicates the limits of Russian power, contrary to what President Putin loves to boast about.

With Paris, ISIS Has Declared War on Us. Here's How We Should Respond.

Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack (Ret.) | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack (Ret.)

The ISIS attack in Paris was an attack on our global community. We have to take decisive collective action now with the global mechanisms available to us and aggressively meet this existential challenge to our core belief systems and way of life.

The New Paris Horror and the Putin Trap

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Russia shields Al-Assad, and although claiming to bomb ISIS, Moscow's jets have targeted moderate opponents of the Al-Assad regime. Acceptance of Putin's strategy is being pressed to other members of the worldwide anti-ISIS coalition.

Je Suis Encore Charlie?

John Feffer | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

War is exactly what the Islamic State wants. War legitimizes its claim to be a state and to be treated like a state. The bombing strategy -- whether pursued by Hollande or Obama or Putin -- is also doomed to fail, even if it succeeds in its narrow objective of destroying the Islamic State.

How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees?

Heather Arias de Cordoba | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Heather Arias de Cordoba

The refugees in Syria may be different in their religious beliefs from many in western cultures and those of Europe, but in my humble opinion, they do not deserve to be treated as though they are the enemy.

Syria: Can Humpty Dumpty Be Made Whole Again?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not be able to control more than a sliver of the country, but uniting the various factions in some kind of rainbow coalition may be a pipe dream, despite efforts of those meeting in Vienna for a political solution.

Syria's Alawites -- Regime Hostage or Regime Partner?

James Denselow | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
James Denselow

Hostage to the Assad Regime or partner to it is the overarching question posed by these two timely pieces of work that look into the history, society and modern political challenges of Syria's under-researched Alawite community.

Our Toxic Politics Looms to Undermine Effective Response to ISIS

David Paul | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
David Paul

If our political leaders want to lead, and if they want our policies in the region to be successful and endure better than they have over the past decade, they should take a long look at how we got to where we are.

The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.

5 Obstacles That We Must Overcome in Syria -- Starting with Assad

Randa Slim | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Randa Slim

It is naïve to expect that after four and a half years of fighting for political survival, Assad and the leaders of his security agencies will negotiate their way out of Syria. They will leave only if pressured militarily and if their patrons (Russia and Iran) abandon them.

John Kerry: Syria Ceasefire Could Happen Within Weeks

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) -- A ceasefire between Syria's government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on...

Get Your Act Together, Europe

Saad Khan | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Saad Khan

President Francois Hollande is already cognizant of the environment that led to the attacks. It's his European counterparts who prefer to stay indifferent. The terror attacks manifest the failure of the European community in tackling the root cause of the problem: Syria.

My Memories of the First Syrian Film Festival in Toronto

Hind Kabawat | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Nineteen years ago as a young Syrian immigrant in Canada, I attended the Toronto film festival. It was the first film festival that I ever attended, and I was mesmerized by the crowds, the show, the stars, the glamor and the entire spectacle. That first film festival is still imprinted in my mind. It was a beautiful evening.

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Domino Theory

Francis Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Benjamin Netanyahu told congress "So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy" and if he is right, it doesn't bode well for the game of musical beds that might describe our current foreign policy.

Why Obama and Hollande Are Right on Syria

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Assad created the monster that he is now pretending to fight. Is all that not a little much for a potential ally? Can working with Assad possibly provide a sound basis for what is supposed to be a common effort?

GOP Candidates and "Gotcha": 'Please Don't Hold Us Accountable For Our Outrageous Behavior!'

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Wah, wah, wah! That's the collective whining of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and several GOP presidential candidates complaining of unfair, biased, mean-spirited debate moderators and their "gotcha" questions.

Turkey: Polarized At Home, Fraught Ties Abroad

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

For Erdogan, coalition government and power-sharing remains anathema. It is a concept he does not understand, grasp or accept. According to Erdogan's world view, politics remains a zero-sum game of winner-takes-all.

Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front Line

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- In Syria, Putin is trying to force the issue of Russia's place in the world today, to burst free from the post-war situation in which Russia found itself trapped. It is a gamble, because the gesture itself -- if successful -- will shape the Middle East and global geopolitics much more widely.

The New Moscowteers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The Party of Putin does not know, or pretend not to know, that Putin is an empire builder surrounded by ideologues whose vision of the world, though complex and robust, is in all key respects opposed to that of the West. They place right and law in the service of strength and force, rather than vice versa, prioritize order over liberty and treat gay people and other "deviants" as the quintessence of a decadent West, emasculated by the poison of cosmopolitanism.

Iran Accepts Invitation To Syria Peace Talks In Vienna

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

DUBAI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and three of his deputies will attend multilateral talks on Friday in Vienna ...

Syrian Aid Worker Breaks Down Crying On TV Over Bloody War

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

EmbedContent(5628cf4ce4b0443bb562bfd1,,Embed,html,Some({})) "For God's sake, it is enough!" Zaidoun al-Zoabi, an aid worker with the Union of Syrian M...

Russia's Intervention in Syria: Protracting an Already Endless Conflict

Charles Lister | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Charles Lister

Russia's intervention in Syria has introduced a dangerous new dynamic into an already volatile and complex conflict. Rather than advancing its self-proclaimed objective of fighting terrorism, many more Russian strikes have targeted moderate rebels -- "vetted" and supported by the United States -- as well as other expressly Syrian opposition groups backed variously by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.