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Syria Crisis

Syrians Risk Being Ignored at Their Own Peace Talks But Only They Can Bring Lasting Peace

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Hibaaq Osman

Peace talks that are dominated by American voices, Russian voices, Iranian voices, Saudi voices, may provide the opportunity for a de-escalation and perhaps some kind of ceasefire, but without greater involvement of Syrian society, the talks cannot bring lasting peace.

Syrian Negotiations Won't Provide One Winner But Will Ensure Violence Is Absolute Loser

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

Thus far, the only way to 'win' the interminable war for Syria was if one power emerged victorious over the others with no concern for life or democracy.

Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

No Child's Play: How Kids Are Fighting One Another In The Iraq Conflict

Christoph Wilcke | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Christoph Wilcke

Of course, it is generally known that Islamic State (ISIS) engages in the practice, but they are not the only ones: Iraqi Shia militias fighting ISIS alongside Iraqi government forces are also using kids.

The Most Common Questions Refugees Ask When They Arrive In Europe

Tyler Jump | Posted 10.29.2016 | Impact
Tyler Jump

Most of these new arrivals, while thankful for reaching dry land safely, are exhausted, wet and frightened. IRC counselors and translators do their best to address their concerns and answer questions. Some of the most common questions aid workers get are also the most unexpected.

Why We All Need to Care About the Syrian Crisis

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Elnaz Moghangard

The truth is we could have been them, and they could have been us. A Syrian refugee could have been the one sitting at her laptop writing this article from a local coffee shop in the United States, and I could have been the one crammed in a plastic boat clinging to my hopes.

Jimmy Carter's Mega-Delusions

Bruce Fein | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Syrian convulsions will end only with partition and population exchanges that would establish a threshold of religious, ethnic, national, or other homogeneity within the new boundaries necessary for citizens safely to rely more on law than on guns. That is the plan the Carter Center should be advocating.

Syrian refugee children portray life before and after displacement

Christian Fuchs | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

Jesuit Refugee Service Acting International Communications Coordinator Jacquelyn Pavilon recently visited the JRS center in Jbeil, Lebanon, where she ...

Turkey's Refugee Problem

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
David L. Phillips

The EU should make funds for Turkey contingent on the government's performance, with benchmarks for integrating refugees into Turkish society. All of Europe, including Turkey, has a legal and moral responsibility to provide for war-torn victims. Rescue and resettlement are more noble that profiteering from human misery.

A Call for Stronger U.S. Leadership in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

One of the great ironies of conflict is that amidst the bloodshed are nuggets that reveal the best of human beings--that spirit to give, sacrifice, and persevere.

The Future of Syria

Justin Curmi | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

The coming years for the world seem to be an interesting set of possibilities. Yet, with knowing the negative possibilities, we should strive for the better results. The war in Syria has rippling effects, which could be positive or negative.

A Glimpse of Hope for Syria

George Batah | Posted 10.21.2016 | Impact
George Batah

For the past 4 years, Syria has been decimated by an ugly civil war -- hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced, the economy has collapsed, and society has been dismantled. During my time here in the Chicago, however, I have gotten just the glimpse of hope I've been longing for.

Find Azam Before It's Too Late

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Chaker Khazaal

Finding Azam urgently requires worldwide action and commitment from each one of us. We need to issue a worldwide AMBER alert, we need full cooperation of local authorities, interpol, and the members of the international community to stop this disaster and prevent it from happening again.

US Should Do Its Fair Share to Help Syrians

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 10.16.2016 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The US has a long history of taking in refugees in times of great need and of being a leader on humanitarian funding. It should not shirk from its historical role in stepping up to help refugees during these extraordinary times.

A Testimony to Failed Autocracies: Eritrean Soccer Team Defects

James Dorsey | Posted 10.15.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Eritrea's national team has for all practical purposes defected after 10 of its players this week refused to return home following a World Cup qualifier in Botswana.

Intervention in Syria: Russia Gambles Big Time

James Dorsey | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

At a news conference at the United Nations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may have been on thin ice when he defended Russian intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. He pointed to the chaos that followed US targeting of other Arab autocrats like Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

How the Refugee Crisis Is Forcing Germany to Define Its Values

Derek Scally | Posted 10.08.2016 | Home
Derek Scally

BERLIN -- Only a month since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country to a historic influx of refugees, Germans have begun to worry about the limits of their country's capacities. And talk of integration brings up an even larger question: how does a country afraid of national identity present itself to newcomers?

Obama, You Had Your Chance to Become a Hero -- You Gave It Away to Putin

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Nuri Kino

For over ten years, we've been asking - begging - world leaders for a hero. Over a hundred Iraqi churches have been demolished. At least another hundred in Syria.

How a Dirty Underpass in a Hungary Railway Station Became a Little Isle of Humanity

Krisztina Danka, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2016 | Religion
Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.

When I lay down in my comfortable apartment in Budapest, Hungary, all I could see in my mind are images of babies and little children lying on the dirty floor of Budapest's railway stations, or a damp field near the border waiting for their transfer to a new, safer and better life.

America, the Answer to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Lies in Your History With Vietnam

Rachel Unkovic | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Rachel Unkovic

The America that I grew up in is one that also raised refugee children. It wasn't always easy to embrace foreigners -- and traumatized ones at that -- and it took a monetary investment, but from a distance of 40 years, we can clearly see how that investment paid off multifold. It is not only the distress of refugees that must capture our hearts, but the potential of resettlement that should engage our minds.

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

It's the Barrel Bomb, Stupid

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Ranya Alkadamani

In all of this political and military maneuvering, has any leader actually taken a moment to think about what Syrians would be willing to live with?

With Putin Bombing Rebels, Should Obama Bomb Assad?

Cody Cain | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Cody Cain

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, is making trouble. Big trouble. The United States has been leading a military coalition of some 60 countries in conducting bombing missions inside of Syria against terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Praise for Putin Is Misplaced, and Dangerous

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Cody Cain

It seems fashionable in some circles to praise Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, for being some sort of a hero for world peace and justice.

Syria, the Times and the Mystery of the "Moderate Rebels"

David Bromwich | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
David Bromwich

After a two-year absence from the international stage -- during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities -- on October 1 the "moderate rebels" of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard appeared to confirm his suspicion; even as a companion report on Russian actions in Syria by Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and Neil MacFarquhar revealed that these are the same moderates who were carefully vetted by the CIA, and concerning whom little was heard ever after. Their numbers are put at 3,000 to 5,000, though the Cooper-Gordon-MacFarquhar article leaves uncertain if that is their original or their present strength.