Syria News

How Supplying Sunni Tribes Could Backfire on the U.S.

May 30, 2015
"If the U.S. opens an assistance conduit to the tribes, it could have major consequences among Shiites: It could weaken Mr. Abadi in the eyes of his Shiite constituency; it could undermine the premise of central government the U.S. is trying to support; it could even lead Iran to more aggressively push their Shiite militias in Iraq, further weakening the idea of centralized authority," writes Aaron David Miller.

No Simple Answers to Questions About U.S. Leadership

May 18, 2015
"We are entering an era of difficult international transitions; and changing times require new thinking — not only by the Obama administration but by the presidential aspirants who wish to lead this country in a troubled time," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

May 01, 2015
Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out? Aaron David Miller interviews the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and the Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof (formerly Obama’s special advisor for the Syrian transition), two of the finest analysts of Syrian politics.

The Risks in Negotiating With Syria’s Assad

Mar 15, 2015
"Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments Sunday that the Obama administration is considering negotiating with the Assad regime to achieve a political settlement in Syria is less stunning news than an acknowledgement that U.S. policy toward Syria has failed," writes Aaron David Miller.

How Four Years of Civil War Has Destroyed Syria

Mar 11, 2015
"The Syrian Center for Policy Research, which is supported by two United Nations agencies, concludes that human development is 'rapidly regressing,' which is destabilizing a country that has long been the strategic center of the Middle East," writes Robin Wright.
Webcast

Year of Crisis: The Middle East in 2015

Feb 13, 2015
In a region already known for volatility, the Middle East continues to encounter new levels of crisis as conflicts rage in a number of countries. According to a panel of regional experts, “crisis” will continue to be the order of the day in 2015. Their observations on what’s been happening and what to expect in the coming months is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

4 Takeaways From the Fight Against ISIS After the Death of Jordan’s Pilot

Feb 03, 2015
The main takeaway from this latest atrocity is that the fight against ISIS will be a long war, measured not in terms of “defeat” so much as trying to contain its expansion in the region. Here are other issues pointed up by the latest horrors.

A Victory in Kobani?

Jan 27, 2015
"Despite two thousand airstrikes by American, European, and Arab warplanes since August 8th, the Islamic State has lost only one per cent of the land it seized in Iraq, and it continues to expand in Syria," writes Robin Wright.

Iran & Region: Goals in Syria

Jan 26, 2015
Iran is playing a crucial role in buttressing President Bashar Assad, through military advice, provision of weapons, and funding of the cash-strapped Syrian government. The Assad regime might not survive without support of Iran and its allies such as Hezbollah.

War Without End, Alas

Jan 16, 2015
"The fact is, we are living in an age of jihadi terror. And the threat and likelihood of more attacks will be with us for years to come," writes Aaron David Miller.

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