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March 13, 2019

Syrian Civil War
Clashing Realities in Syria

400 American troops can't accomplish anything. 

U.S. President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, delivers remarks to U.S. troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018.

October 23, 2019

Syria
Syria’s Civil War

The civil uprising against the longtime rule of the Assads deteriorated into protracted civil war. Here’s a look at the elements that have deepened Syria’s tragedy.

July 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Bombing Hospitals in Syria

The Washington Post reported that the Assad regime, continuing its reign of terror, bombed four hospitals in Aleppo yesterday. Here is a part of the Post report:   A relative calm in the nor…

April 19, 2018

Syria
Missile Strikes Are Not a Syria Strategy

Syria is likely to remain a broken country for years to come. The latest strikes did not change that reality.

Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

February 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

Can the world still work together to address today’s most pressing global challenges? A broken economic order, Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, and the corrosion of trust offer little to be optimis…

An American flag is illuminated in the empty U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, U.S. on January 24, 2020.

January 10, 2019

Syrian Civil War
The Top Conflicts to Watch in 2019: Syria

This year, the continued violent reimposition of government control in Syria was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.

A banner depicting Syrian leader Assad.

April 16, 2018

Syria
President Trump’s Syria Strikes Are Not About Syria

The airstrikes conducted by the United States, Britain, and France on Saturday against Syrian military targets were about upholding a nearly century-old prohibition against chemical warfare, not abou…

missile

July 8, 2015

Iran
Iran’s War in Syria

The war in Syria is becoming increasingly an Iranian war rather than a civil war. Consider this new report by Now Lebanon, entitled "Syria Alawites reportedly clash with regime, Iran troops." Two fa…

September 18, 2013

United States
McCain on Syria

Senator John McCain spoke about Syria yesterday here at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. His remarks are the best explanation of the American interests at stake and the best critique o…

June 19, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Syria and the 700 Sorties

Yesterday the columnist Jeffrey Goldberg reported that Secretary of State Kerry argued, inside the Obama administration, for air strikes on Syrian regime air bases, especially those from which chemic…