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The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

Alawites Under Attack: A Syrian Update

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Bashar Assad is still VERY MUCH in trouble, he does not have the strategic initiative and the human toll of both sides is mounting, but let us remember a simple demographic fact: there are MANY MORE Sunnis than Alawites.

Joshua Hersh

'He Knew That Death Was Coming': Survivors Mourn After A Massacre By Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

OBEEN, Syria -- The rebel fighters arrived in the early hours of the night, moving swiftly and aggressively from village to village across the mountai...

The Source of Assad's Staying Power

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people demonstrates the horror that the lack of American leadership could precipitate. The Obama administration failed to understand the nature of the Assad regime and its predictable conduct.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

The Week to Week News Quiz for 9/13/13: Special Syria Edition

John Zipperer | Posted 11.13.2013 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

With the U.S. and Russia wrangling over Syria, it's time to see how closely you've been following the news with a special edition of our Week to Week news quiz.

Bad News for America: Religion Enflames the Syrian Civil War

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

We Americans tend to think of most wars in terms of our own Revolution. There is an oppressive ruler. There are an oppressed people. The people yearn for greater freedom and democracy for all. The oppressive ruler must fall so that a brighter day may dawn. If only it were true.

Boy, Are We Naive

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you expect the next headline concerning sectarian differences in Iraq and/or Syria to read, "Islamic factions decide to reject violence and to support and to love their fellow citizens?" No? I don't see why not.

Symbolic Wars

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The United States of America should never wage a war unless it intends to win it. This week we are considering waging a war in Syria without any intention of winning that war or even ending it.

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

The Dangers of Providing Military Support to the Free Syrian Army

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.

Turkey and Russia: Key Countries to a Solution in Syria

Harun Yahya | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

A solution in Syria can be found through sound mediation by Turkey and Russia, both of which know the country best, which are trusted and have enjoyed bilateral relations with it for many years.

Humanitarian Disaster and Political Illusion

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Certainly, a practical solution to the crisis in Syria would require full cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, but considering the unfolding horror in Syria, neither the U.S. nor Russia can now piece together a political solution that will satisfy all players.

Losing Faith in the West, Finding it in Islam -- the New Face of Syria's Civil War

Olly Lambert | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Olly Lambert

As the death toll mounts and the West struggles to decide what to do, ordinary Syrians like Ahmad are looking to other powers to give them the weapons or simply the courage they crave. Perhaps after two years, Bashar al-Assad is finally getting the war he always wanted.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

Syria: Where's George When You Need Him?

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

A bad guy in body armor is a bad guy who's harder to kill. Humanitarian items that are unmonitored get traded for currency spent on weapons. No aid is really "non-lethal." Who are these people we are proposing to help?

What Will Post-Assad Syria Look Like?

Rajan Menon | Posted 02.15.2013 | World
Rajan Menon

The United States is now working to shape post-Assad Syria. But as many insurgents see it, Washington, having stood by watching the carnage, now presumes that it can decide which Syrian groups are legitimate and which are not.

Syria and the Dogs of War

Conn Hallinan | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

As intractable as the Syrian war looks, there is room for a political resolution, but only if the protagonists and their supporters stand down.

Turkey's New Role or Awakening the Sleeping Levantine Giant

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

The reemergence of Turkey in Arab politics has many in Turkey and the region asking if veering Ankara's politics back towards the Levant is a wise policy.

Syria's Christians, Caught in the Middle of Worsening Chaos

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

Members of Syria's diverse Christian communities are finding themselves engulfed in the fog of war and increasingly targeted.

Romney Should Read the News Before Repeating Himself

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.01.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Mitt Romney apparently forgot to read the news coverage of his visit to Craig, Colorado, which pointed out that, despite Romney's assertions, neither Colorado nor Obama policies had hurt the coal industry in Craig.

Good Guys and Bad Guys in Lebanon

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Trying to explain the intricacies of the Lebanese quagmire is never a simple matter, especially to someone not well-versed in politics.

Setting Up Triage in Syria: Strategies to Save a Struggling Nation's Minorities

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

The world must not allow the Syrian crisis to "play itself out," as some analysts have suggested: This threat to the country's minorities (many of whom are unarmed) is simply too great, and the consequences too severe, to play this sort of Russian roulette on a national-societal scale.

Failing Syria: Why the World Must Prepare Now for Assad's Fall and the Aftermath

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 02.09.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

What are the possible scenarios for a post-Assad Syria, in both the short- and long-terms, and how is the global community prepared to deal with them?