Lately I've been feeling a little homesick and with all the insane news and horrific images that keep pouring out of the syrian war, with shelling...
BEIRUT -- Negotiations over the future of Syria are not taking place in Geneva. They're taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo. And it's not the opposition that's winning: it's the Assad regime, backed by Russia. This victory will have grave consequences for the U.S. and Europe-led security infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond.
Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and the most important one outside of Damascus, is on the way to falling to Assad, thanks to a firestorm of Russian attacks from the air.
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.
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Peter Bergen wants everyone to chill out about terrorism. As he soberly explained at Civic Hall for the New America Foundation, of which he is a direc...
Russia is not hiding its goals in its Syrian war, and is not ambiguous about its alliance with Iran, Iranian-backed militias and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Moscow decided from the outset that the war in Syria is a Russian war on "Islamic terrorism," and will not stop until it declares victory.
The world's conspiracy of silence on mass killings in Syria must stop. It encourages the culture of impunity, and reminds one of General Roméo Dallaire's critical question: "Are we all human, or are some more human than others?"
The brutal and protracted conflict in Syria has taken an enormous human toll and the surge of refugees has catalyzed a host of worrying collateral effects in the region and beyond. While we all hope for peace, it is imperative to enable those who are in the country to maintain the basic lifelines of the land where wheat was first domesticated.
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. (continued)
Even before any negotiations got off the ground in Geneva, the basic conflicts between the participants were on full display. And, to no-ones surprise, less than a week after the start of the so-called proximity talks, Staffan de Mistura suspended the process until at least February 25.
The exponential increase of refugees and migrants is tearing at the seams of the European Union, which is neither as united nor as supportive as it has tried to appear.
The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.
They don't come to steal jobs or University placements. Desperation is the main motivating factor. There is, literally, no other choice for Refugees.
It's hard to see how any informed political deal can be found without direct input from those battling to hold what's left of Syrian society together. Putting civil society's concerns and proposed solutions at the heart of negotiations is essential to producing a sustainable deal.
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.