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Syria Conflict

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 06.28.2016 | 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 02.15.2016 | 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 02.12.2016 | 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 02.04.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | 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 02.03.2016 | 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.

Syrian Children and the Crumbs From Our Table

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Emad Rizkalla

I recently had the chance to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at a round table meeting in New York discussing ways to help Jordan cope...

Geneva: Throwing the Hail Mary Pass

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

For the second time in 30 months the United States is attempting, in its Syria diplomacy, a "Hail Mary pass" -- a last-second attempt from a very unfavorable field position to snatch victory from near-certain defeat.

Why Syrian Refugees May Find Less Solace With Us Than Our Favorite Hunger Games Heroes and Heroines

Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Christine Ngaruiya, MD MSc DTM&H

Why do we seem to care more about imaginary people than real ones? Part of the reason may be explained with behavioral science. The "identifiable victim effect" is one of the strongest predictors of how much aid people will offer to others.

The Rise of Negotiation Among Enemies in Syria

Sultan Barakat | Posted 01.20.2016 | World
Sultan Barakat

Despite the harsh rhetoric regarding violent military solutions to the war in Syria, a space to negotiate with the enemy always exists.

Our Last Stronghold Is Now Also Attacked: It's a Genocide Mr. President

Nuri Kino | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Outside Restaurant Miami in Qamishly in Syria before it was bombed They carry them on their shoulders - coffin after coffin. The priest calls out the...

Resolution 2254: Speaking Out or Doing?

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

When John Kerry's 2013 headlong pursuit of Russia finally succeeded in catching the prey, his reward was a diplomatic fiasco in Geneva. Anyone who cares about Syria prays for something different this time. Yet one need not wait for the New Year to discern the truth.

Santa Claus Exists and Delivers Little Smiles

Nuri Kino | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Nuri Kino

A Demand For Action's Christmas campaign has finally taken off, and it warms my heart. We're handing out Christmas presents in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We want children to smile; children who've been forced to flee with their parents because of their religion and ethnicity. Children who have witnessed the most evil of acts.

International Migrants Day -- Addressing the Growing Health Crisis

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

There are currently almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world. This is the most at any time since World War II -- a devastating reminder on International Migrants Day.

Turkish-Russian tension set to spill onto European pitches

James Dorsey | Posted 12.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The escalating Turkish-Russian crisis following Turkey's downing in November of a Russian war plane promises to spill onto European soccer pitches with FC Lokomotiv Moscow set to play Fenerbahce SK, notorious for its fiery fan base, in a Europa League match.