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Syrian 'Problem From Hell' Unlikely To Get Better Soon

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.20.2016 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

The challenges in Syria bring us face to face with perennial questions about American foreign policy: What should our role be in international affairs? Do we have the capacity to intervene decisively in the world's trouble spots? If we have the capacity, do we have the will?

Syria Shows That Realism Still Dominates Global Politics

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The civil war in Syria has taught the international community plenty of lessons, and not one of them is good. In fact, each and every one is an indictment on the entire rules-based order that has governed the international system since the end of World War II.

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

Stop The Killing

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Maybe half a million dead, half a country -- 10 million people -- displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world. Welcome to war...

Aleppo Hit By Worst Strikes For Months As Putin, Assad Ignore U.S. Plea

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.22.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Warplanes mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo overnight, as Russ...

Can The Crumbling Syria Truce Be Resurrected?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Short of U.S. military action, which now appears nil, there is little leverage to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to cooperate. In the divided crucial city of Aleppo and other parts of northern Syria, Assad, backed by Russia, seems bent on controlling as much territory as possible should peace talks ever succeed.

U.S. Forces Enter Syrian Town, Then Withdraw, Rebel And Monitor Groups Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.17.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A small number of U.S. forces entered the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Friday as part of operations to...

Syria Ceasefire Deal Put To The Test As Government Forces Block Aid To Aleppo

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and rebels had yet to withdraw from a road needed to deliver aid to the city of Aleppo on ...

Deal Agreed To End Long Siege Of Damascus Suburb, Rebel Leader, Locals Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.25.2016 | World

AMMAN, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Rebels and Syria’s army agreed to a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus s...

UN Welcomes Russian Words On Aleppo Truce: Trucks 'Ready To Move'

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.18.2016 | World

GENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it would support a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo, a move the U.N. Syria envoy said would allow aid to...

Doctors of Aleppo Abandoned, Again

Widney Brown | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Widney Brown

In their letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Aleppo's remaining doctors pleaded not for tears but for a plan to end the Syrian government's all-out assault on hospitals and medical workers. And the response from the White House was the same as it's been for months: we're working on it.

Putin, Obama And The Battle For Aleppo

The Conversation US | Posted 08.09.2016 | World
The Conversation US

Obama's vacillating Syria policy has spurred ongoing debate, especially with regard to fighting IS. The counterterrorism turn, starting with the anti-IS "Inherent Resolve" campaign in September 2014, is one way to explain the dissonance in U.S. policy.

Democratic Convention: Bernie, the Kurds and Lack of Moral Clarity on Syria

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst crass U.S. foreign policy and a lack of moral consistency on the Syrian conflict, what can we expect from the upcoming Democratic Convention? ...

Explaining The Istanbul Bombing: Turkey's Six Foreign Policy Sins

The Conversation US | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
The Conversation US

The attack overshadowed two major headline events. Both these events, ironically, had to do with Turkey attempting to change course on policies that may well have opened the door to the airport bombing.

A Syrian call to Europe for help

Hind Kabawat | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
Hind Kabawat

Last month, along with my colleagues in the Syrian opposition, we made an official visit to Rome for a series of high profile meetings with the Italia...

Syria's Medical and Humanitarian Nightmare: An Interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul

Danny Postel | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Danny Postel

Since their days as medical school classmates, Bashar al-Assad and Zaher Sahloul have followed rather different paths: one became a war criminal; the other, a humanitarian advocate.

The Race to Raqqa: The Next Russian-American Proxy Battle?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

A bombed out street in Raqqa, Spring 2016 The war against the Islamic State (IS) is about to enter a new, possibly decisive phase. For the first time...

Over 140 Killed By Bomb Blasts In Syrian Cities

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.23.2016 | World

BEIRUT, May 23 (Reuters) - Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in t...

Aleppo and Mosul: A Tale of Two Cities

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Bombed out street in Aleppo As the crow flies Aleppo and Mosul are little more than 300 miles apart. They mark, roughly, the western and eastern edg...

Inside The World's Most Dangerous City: The Syrians Who Remained In Aleppo

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.12.2016 | World

Five years of near-continuous violence have pushed hundreds of thousands of people to flee Syria's largest city, but not all of Aleppo's residents hav...

Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

ISIS's Revenues include Sales of Oil to the al-Assad Regime

Anne Speckhard | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

ISIS defectors we have been interviewing in our ISIS Defectors Interview Project have been telling us that one of the many reasons that they became disenchanted with ISIS was that their leaders were directly negotiating and selling oil to their enemy, Bashar al-Assad.

Activists Hunt For Syrian Government Thugs Who Fled To Europe

News Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

Independent journalists and volunteer activists have launched an online hunt to track down and expose former militiamen accused of committing crimes d...

Syria Waits As Assad Weighs His Options

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Given the mountains of evidence documenting his crimes, maybe Assad thinks his one remaining chance of political and perhaps even physical survival is to win the conflict outright so he can avoid facing justice.

Assad, Beware of the Long Arm of Justice

Widney Brown | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Widney Brown

Intentionally cutting off humanitarian aid is a war crime. Add that to the staggeringly long list of war crimes committed in Syria -- unspeakable violations of what are universally considered the laws of armed conflict.