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4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.

Middle Eastern Conflicts Spill Onto Spanish Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Inevitably, the mass exodus of refugees from conflict areas was going to provoke the spilling into Europe of multiple disputes in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Spanish soccer is the first to feel the weight of the baggage that has turned vast numbers into destitute refugees.

Should I Have Given Her My Socks Too?

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I'm lying sleepless and thinking about all the thousands of people that I've met and interviewed through the years. Now I have a new face. The young woman who is wearing my shoes. Where is she now? Should I have given her my socks?

Europe's Refugee Crisis: The Last Time 'Round It Was Much, Much Worse

The Conversation US | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
The Conversation US

If the continent's leaders are not to bring about political changes that may have destructive consequences for the rights-based framework upon which the postwar European project has been built, it seems clear that they will have to demonstrate their ability to address the problem of forced migration at its source.

This Is Not Just a European Refugee Crisis -- It's About the 7.6 Million Still in Syria, Too

Daniel Wordsworth | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wordsworth

This is a bigger problem than allowing people in. This is a bigger problem than resettlement. The problem is at the source. We are witnessing the destruction of a country.

5 Hours in Serbia: Refugee Crisis

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

They walk from the freeway in to the woods. Just under the whole in the fence there is a ditch, they cannot cross it so they head up again. We walk two hundred meters in and they finally find a place where they can cross. They ask me to pray for them, they wave and walk off in to the woods.

The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Daniel Gastfriend

It goes without saying that there are vast differences between the Syrian civil war and the Holocaust. But as children continue to drown and families continue to suffocate in their efforts to escape, it is worth recognizing the painful echoes of our past humanitarian failures.

To The Facebook Friend Who Reported Me For Photo Of Syrian Child

Kristin Wright | Posted 09.05.2015 | World
Kristin Wright

I'm not sure if we've been friends for a long time or only met recently. I'm not sure if we grew up together or met at a coffee shop here in DC. Honestly, the only thing that I know about you is that yesterday you reported me to Facebook for posting a photo of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old child who washed up on a Turkish beach earlier this week.

A Drop in the Ocean, But it's a Very, Very Significant Drop, it Gives Us Hope

Nuri Kino | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

There will be 122 children accommodated in the Little Angel orphanage. Like the tears I shed for the little girl, it is just one drop in the ocean. But it begets a tremendous important step -- beginning a journey of hope.

Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

If I Am a Mother in Syria

Maha Assabalani | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Maha Assabalani

On Sunday, August 21, 2015, Syrian jets attacked a Damascus suburb in an incident that killed more than 100 people, many of them civilians including children. If I am a mother in Syria, I could never imagine the constant fear of losing a child like this.

A Turkish Stadium Harbors a Stark Message for Multiculturalism

James Dorsey | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A condemned Turkish stadium harbours a dark warning of the long-term consequences of ethnic cleansing or what Turks euphemistically call the population exchange almost a century ago when Turkey and Greece expelled their respective Greek and Turkish minorities.

Finding a Way Forward for Syria

James Zogby | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Recent bilateral discussions involving Americans, Russians, Saudis, and others that there may be a renewed push for negotiations to end the conflict in Syria. It should have been clear from the beginning that a negotiated solution is the only way to end this long war.

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

United in Laughter: Syria's Untold Story

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

The most influential works of art are those that connect people on a personal level. An artistic expression with powerful social or political symbolism can unite us by resonating with the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of our society.

Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone Is Not a Good Idea

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war--as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure--it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.

Re-Configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics

James Dorsey | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.

Israel Family Travel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights

David Code | Posted 07.06.2015 | Travel
David Code

"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.

Hospital in Israel Treats Wounded Syrians

Alexander Kacala | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Alexander Kacala

In the Golan Heights, an Isreali hospital 30 kilometers from the Syrian border treats wounded Syrians from the bloody civil war happening there. Some of them children.

Save Palmyra From ISIS's Rampage

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Raza Rumi

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have placed on view a relic from ancient Palmyra in Syria. In addition, the galleries are displaying images of 18th century engravings and 19th century photographs from its archives.

A Study in Contrasts: Militaries in Political Transitions in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

James Dorsey | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Economist recently highlighted the contrast between post-revolt Asian societies and Middle Eastern and North African societies in the woes of a pro-longed, messy and bloody transition that is pockmarked by revolt and counter-revolt, sectarianism, the redrawing of post-colonial borders, and the rise of retrograde groups as revolutionary forces.

60 Million People Living Today as Refugees

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Reading about the plight of refugees, it's easy for the suffering millions to meld together into a faceless mass. That's why I want to place one human face on the 60 million refugees. I want to share the story of my mother.

The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya.

Arming Syria's Kurds Not the Right Answer

Fred H. Lawson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Fred H. Lawson

Shipping weapons to the dominant Kurdish party in northern Syria will not solve the strategic problems facing the United States in the Middle East, and could instead make them much worse.