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Syria Crisis

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?

The Battles for Dabiq & Mosul: Not the Beginning of the End of ISIS, but the End of Its Beginning

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Two critical battles are being fought against ISIS this week: the first, in Syria by a combined force of Turkish military and so-called Turkish-backe...

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.

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...

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.

We Aren't Numbers: Syrian refugee children urge leaders to keep their promise

Up For School | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Up For School

Photo: Ali, 9, from Syria living in Lebanon. Theirworld/Tabitha Ross By Yara Harake, Consultant Youth Coordinator, Theirworld "Yes I love to write...

Responding To Today's Global Refugee Crisis: How Will History Judge Us?

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2016 | World
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

The United States must lead by example. The Obama Administration's initiative in coordinating the Leaders' Summit on Refugees is a strong step but, as millions of lives are at risk and in limbo, its value will be measured on its outcomes and concrete deliverables.

The Urgency of Investing in Early Childhood Development in Emergencies

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.19.2016 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Photo: Julien Harneis After five years of brutal civil war, 3.7 million Syrian children -- one in three -- have only ever known life in violent confl...

No Easy Choices, But One Imperative: Impartial Assistance To All In Need

A View from the United Nations | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
A View from the United Nations

Credit: UNICEF/Al-Issa By Kevin M. Kennedy* The United Nations and its partners stand ready to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance foll...

Migrants and Refugees: A Global Problem or a Local Solution ?

Magdy Martínez-Solimán | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Photo: @UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis This September, the world's governments will come together at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to d...

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...

Give Peace a Chance in the 21st Century: The Need for a New Kellogg-Briand Pact

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

It is disturbing that even in the 21st century the concept of achieving and sustaining peace is viewed with incredulity. But this was not always the case.

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.

Radicalization Of U.S. Foreign Policy

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

Western nations could be engulfed in an "endless war" and sustain damages that are hard to protect against. The Western nations should also be cognizant of the damages their own governments inflict upon the third world nations.

Omran doesn't need tears, Ms. Bolduan... he needs us to do our jobs!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

No, I am not cruel nor am I insensitive. On the contrary, I think what would have definitely been insensitive was NOT to cry upon watching the recent ...

Is America Losing Turkey?

David Hearst | Posted 08.24.2016 | World
David Hearst

In the dying days of Boris Yeltsin's presidency, the great and the good in Washington scratched their heads and asked themselves: "Who lost Russia?"

Stay Outraged for Syrian Children

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion
Richard Stearns

When I saw the video clip last night of little Omran Daqneesh, sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of an air...

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. ...

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.

The Obama Administration's 'Problem From Hell' In Syria

Neil Hicks | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Neil Hicks

It is a painful reality that the Assad government, responsible for the vast majority of mass atrocities and human rights crimes in the war, is in a position to dictate the level of the conflict in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.

Margot Wallström, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Make Never Again Mean Never Again

Nuri Kino | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Nuri Kino

Margot Wallström, you are one of Sweden's top diplomats, and internationally renowned for your work in global affairs.

The New Alliance That's Saving Syrian Refugees

Apolitical | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact

Between the borders of Syria and Jordan is a no-man's land several miles across called the Berm, where 70,000 refugees are trapped in appalling conditions.

Germany's Munich Moment

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I find it interesting when German friends lambaste me as a fear monger for having the audacity to point out that their wonderful nation - an exemplar of excellence in areas ranging from philosophy to music to manufacturing - has a radical Islamic terror problem on its hands.

Take A Deep Breath

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

Knowledgeable, sober observers of the Syrian scene continue to worry that the Obama administration is seeking, without adequate reflection, an agreement with Russia featuring military cooperation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

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...