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As the UN Gathers for the General Assembly, It's in Real Trouble. But It Can Be Fixed.

Kevin Rudd | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Kevin Rudd

NEW YORK -- The international community needs a strong United Nations more than ever before. But rarely has the U.N. been weaker.

The People of Syria Speak Again

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 03.11.2017 | World
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

I have heard more times than I can count, especially since the start of the Vienna peace process on Syria last November, that Syrians are simply "tired of war" and that it is time to give up on the Syrian Revolution's core demand for the departure of the Assad dictatorship.

It's the Wrong Time to Talk to Iran and Russia on Syria

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The fight against ISIS is not going well. In Iraq, the Obama Administration's declared main theater of the battle, an anti-ISIS military offensive has stalled amid allegations of politicized intelligence.

Why Assad Still Must Go

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Foreign Policy recently reported on an unpublished paper percolating through Washington policy circles that presents the Assad regime in Syria in an unusually positive light.

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

Petraeus, Karzai Clash Over Village Militias

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Petraeus, Karzai clash over village militias. Gen. David Petraeus, hoping to replicate Iraqi militias' success in curbing tha...