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Will Russian Withdrawal Mean a Federal Syria or More War?

Joe Lauria | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
Joe Lauria

Putin's move has led to widespread speculation. Perhaps he has made a deal with the U.S., a grand bargain of sorts. Maybe Washington has offered a major concession on Ukraine, something President Barack Obama may gladly concede given what a disaster the U.S. adventure in that country has become.

Five Years on, We Must Focus on the Victims of Syria's Atrocities

David Crane | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
David Crane

While peace and post-conflict efforts are in their infant stages, the international community must begin thinking about redress for Syrian civilians when the fighting ends. The people of Syria must not feel that they are alone in their suffering, and it is incumbent on those who value the rule of law to stand up and pledge that some day justice will be done. After all, noncombatants in this conflict have endured some of the most horrific atrocities the civilized world has ever witnessed.

Moral Hazard and Intervention in the Syrian Civil War

Daniel Paul-Schultz | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Daniel Paul-Schultz

Moral hazard is real, and it has significant implications for our policies toward international intervention that must be acknowledged and addressed. First and foremost, threatening intervention if a regime crosses a 'red line' may exacerbate the moral hazard problem as it effectively gives rebels a target to achieve if their aim is international assistance.

Nanny Accused Of Beheading Child Says It Was To Avenge Muslims Killed In Syrian Airstrikes

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.03.2016 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has said she ...

Stupid Is as Stupid Votes: The U.S.-Russia Ceasefire and Our War on Errorism

Sam Corey | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Sam Corey

Simply put, terrorism is an ideology and a tactic. Declaring War on Terrorism is as silly as proclaiming war on kamikazes during World War II.

The Enemy of My Enemy: Russia and the Kurds Reshape the Syrian Civil War

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Kurdish YPG Militia in Kobani Syria's Kurds are on a roll. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a loose coalition consisting primarily of the Kurdish ...

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to...

Exodus and Betrayal: How a Syrian Nakba Was Created

David Hearst | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
David Hearst

Kerry has come dangerously close to seeing the Syrian conflict as a binary fight between two forms of ruthless dictatorship -- Assad and the Islamic State group. This is exactly how Assad frames the conflict, and it is one of the main reasons why ISIS is growing in strength.

Tens Of Thousands Flee To Turkish Border As Aleppo Assault Intensifies

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.07.2016 | World

ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syr...

Pro-Assad Advances Push Thousands Of Syrians Into Turkey

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.02.2016 | World

Thousands of refugees, among them many ethnic Turkmens, have fled their homes in Syria and poured into Turkey in recent days as fighting between pro-g...

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

The U.S. Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and currently Bashar al-Assad -- the heads of the Baath party in Iraq and Syria -- both played the religious card. However, Baathist doctrine in Iraq and Syria is basically irreligious. The Saudis are using religion as their excuse now, labeling the recent mass executions as preserving their religion when they are actually a message to frighten their citizens into submission.

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Tony Badran

President Obama's position on the Saudi-Iranian row is a public announcement that his administration is dissolving its traditional alliance system, along with the regional order it had underwritten for decades, and embracing Iran instead.

India on Syria -- The Rising Power's Position on a Global Conflict

Kadira Pethiyagoda | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Kadira Pethiyagoda

The Syrian Foreign Minister's visit to India this week underscores the growing multipolarity of the Middle East.

Global Common Allies and Adversaries

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.

Calling (Again) for Proof: 2013 Sarin Attack at Ghouta

Coleen Rowley | Posted 12.27.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

(Co-written with and signed by fourteen other VIPS listed below) MEMORANDUM FOR: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Minister of Russia ...

U.S. Held Secret Communications With Assad Regime, WSJ Reports

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. officials held secret communications with members of President Bashar al-Assad's government to try to limit violen...

Why I Fled Syria

Ahed Al Hendi | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Ahed Al Hendi

This article tells different refugee stories from Syrians who left their home country in the last years and found a new home in the United States. In their personal stories, you can learn about their dreams and why they decided to leave, as well as their experiences with and attachment to the U.S.

U.N. Vote, Candidates' Debates Open Syria Space for Obama

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

If grinding military stalemate is the prerequisite for political compromise, Syrians may be reaching that point. Certainly states in and outside the region are now prioritizing destruction of Da'esh over dismantling of Assad's regime.

Mr. Trump, What the Are You Talking About?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump is the best entertainer that the American political system has to offer. Even before he decided to run for...

Bernie Sanders And Donald Trump Actually Agree On Something

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump said separately on Sunday that the United States should not try to...

Watch: A Rare Glimpse Into Daily Life Amid Syria's Bloody War

Yasmin Nouh | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Yasmin Nouh

"[On] a normal day, we see massacres and a lot of airstrikes," one man said, speaking in Arabic. "What has become not normal ... is if you don't hear any attacks, if you don't hear bullets being fired, if you don't see any signs of war -- this is something we're not used to. We've become used to war."

A Defector Smuggled Evidence Of Mass Atrocities Out Of Syria. Here Are The Victims’ Stories.

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.16.2015 | World

Bloodied and bruised. Emaciated and mutilated. When a military defector code-named "Caesar" smuggled more than 50,000 graphic images out of Syria last...

Riyadh Conference: What Makes It Different?

Hind Kabawat | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Nearly two years after the Geneva II peace talks failed to produce a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the Syrian opposition convened last week to discuss the prospect of a new round of negotiations with the government in Damascus to end a civil war, now approaching its 5-year anniversary.

How U.S. Interventions Dismembered the Middle East

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

President Barack Obama won election in 2008 promising an end to "dumb wars," and since then, he's vowed to avoid major troop commitments. Yet, even after all the fallout from recent interventions -- including, more recently, the spread of ISIS terrorism to Europe -- foreign policy hawks keep pushing Obama to send ground troops to Syria.