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Syria Conflict

Why Tensions are Rising Between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 02.15.2017 | World
Samuel Ramani

On January 2, 2017, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki scathingly criticized Saudi Arabia's Middle East policy and warned Iranian reporters that Riy...

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?

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

The US-Russian deal means Assad has won the Syrian Civil War

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

As the new ceasefire agreed between Russia and the United States is coming into effect, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can finally relax in the know...

From Damascus To Amsterdam: Borders, Hope And A Small Rubber Boat

Nish Gera | Posted 09.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Nish Gera

When I met Amr for the first time in Amsterdam, it was almost two years to the day, after that fateful morning on the boat. He was on a different boat this time -- a friend's houseboat in Amsterdam. And it was pride weekend.

The Syrian Child In The Back Of The Car And My Three Year Old

Tanushree Ghosh | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Tanushree Ghosh

For the last two days I have come across yet another picture that has shattered by otherwise routine weekend agenda of being completely consumed in making up to my three-year-old daughter for a week of daytime absence.

We Watched Five-Year-Old Syrian Omran Daqneesh Lifted From Rubble, Now We Need To Take Actions

Radouan Torkmani | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Radouan Torkmani

My article is not intended to teach anything you already know but to motivate you to take actions. Syria is living under the horrors of war for 4 years and civilians are the main casualties especially children.

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. ...

Obama, Putin, A Beheaded Child And Poison Gas

Daniel Williams | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

The beheading of a child and use of poison gas in Syria ought to awaken Obama and Putin to the dangers of sticking with their chosen allies. But it won't happen.

Jihad v. Soccer: The Islamic State's convoluted love-hate relationship

James Dorsey | Posted 07.09.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey If the Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialized. Leaked transcripts of the i...

The False, Perilous Choice Of A "Limited" American Bombing Campaign In Syria

Nicholas Noe | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Nicholas Noe

From almost the start of the non-violent, citizen-led protests in Syria in the spring of 2011, a heavyweight set of pundits, policymakers, politicians and analysts have raised their voices for some kind of US military intervention against the vicious regime of Bashar al-Assad.

I Volunteered in a Refugee Camp. These Are The Stories You Won't See on TV.

Chelsea Roff | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Chelsea Roff

Nearly 60 million people around the globe are displaced from their homes due to war, conflict, and persecution. That's the highest number ever on reco...

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...

Playing Politics: The AFC Gets Tied Up in Knots

James Dorsey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians' expense.

Syrian Hospitals Under Attack: When a Red Cross Becomes a Target

ResearchGate | Posted 04.20.2016 | World

One general surgeon explained that he can save a life by cutting off a leg, but with the sadness of knowing the leg could have been saved by a surgeon with different expertise.

Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions

Skoll Foundation | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

by Adam Lent, Director for Research and Innovation, Ashoka Europe Syrian refugees in northern Iraq. Photo: European Commission. Fadwa, Mahmoud, and...

Why Hasn't the U.S. Joined the International Trend of Privately Funded Refugee Resettlement

Matthew La Corte | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Matthew La Corte

With lives at stake, prohibiting the American private sector from helping with increased refugee resettlement abandons core American values of philanthropy and civil society. Hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable Syrians need resettlement.

Turkish Soccer Pitches Tell the Story of Hardening Fault Lines

James Dorsey | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish soccer pitches tell the story of the country's multiple sharpening fault lines that are exploding into political violence on the streets of Turkey's major cities as the government fuels deep-seated political and ethnic tensions.

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.

Jihadist Soccer: Contrary Visions of a Future Syria

James Dorsey | Posted 03.12.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The contrast could hardly be starker. A soccer star-turned-protest leader-turned-jihadist encourages peaceful anti-Bashir al-Assad protests in Syrian rebel-held territory. Nearby, in Islamic State (IS)-controlled territory young boys play soccer with decapitated heads.

The Future of Syria II

Justin Curmi | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Justin Curmi

This is a sequel article to "future of Syria," which was published on October 21, 2015. There were predictions made based on news articles written sin...

Saudi Arabia's Syria Strategy: Rewriting the Middle East's Political Map

James Dorsey | Posted 02.11.2017 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has raised the ante in its battle with Iran by publicly committing to send ground troops to Syria. This latest move b...

Syria Pledging Conference Commits Billions, Prioritises Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Coming on the heels of the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending Syria's five-year civil war, the billions currently being pledged is a sliver of hope that despite a lack of political solutions to actually end the war, the international community is committed to coming together to support the Syrian people and their increasingly generous neighbors.

Peace Negotiations: Fish or Cut Bait?

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 02.03.2017 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

The Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva peace talks faces a cruel dilemma: hang on in the hope that its willingness to commence ceasefire discussions can produce genuine relief for hundreds of thousands of its constituents; or quit in disgust as Russia doubles-down.

Diplomacy Is Key to Protecting Civilians

Paras Shah | Posted 02.03.2017 | World
Paras Shah

Protecting civilians has become one of the most complicated tasks faced by the UN and the Security Council, which has a primary role in safeguarding international peace and security.