Syria

الجمهورية العربية السورية

Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Saudis Didn't Fail in Syria, the West Did

Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Pakistan and the Sunni Gulf

Umar Farooq, The Diplomat

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances o...(full article)

Bombs and shells are not the only ways in which the Damascus government is ratcheting up the pressure on the rebels and on the civilians....(full article)

The removal of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has intrigued those who seek to read the tea-leaves of Riyadh....(full article)

Recent months have brought Islamabad a flurry of visits from leaders of Sunni gulf nations, prompting many observers to question just what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif might be ge...(full article)

Obama has good realistic instincts, but thus far he doesn't have a strategy that he has been able to explain to the public. And without a strategy he loses influence, since power i...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

West's Good Intentions Ending Badly in Ukraine - Richard Gwyn, The Star

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't blinked at U.S. and EU sanctions and Ukraine threatens to sink into the same morass as Syria....

Hezbollah Has Enabled Assad's Worst Acts - Michael Young, The National

What Mr. Al Assad really means is that he intends to resolve Syria’s problems by drowning the uprising in more blood. And that has implications for Hizbollah. The party’s in...

America in Global Retreat? Nonsense - Michael Cohen, The Guardian

Naysayers allege that American influence is waning and cite Barack Obama's inaction on Syria and Ukraine as proof that its foreign policy has been reduced to watching the 'bad guys...

Beirut's Most Dangerous Slum - Jeff Neumann, Vocativ

The Syrian Civil War has spread to the neighborhood of Hay al-Gharbe, where guns, drugs and thugs now rule the streets....

The End of Lebanese Exceptionalism - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

For most of the recent era of independent Arab states, Lebanon has always been the exception to the rule. From the 1950s it was always the lively, open, liberal and freewheeling pl...

Syria Will Lose an Entire Generation of Children - Khaled Hosseini, NYT

Syria is on the verge of losing a generation. This is perhaps the most dooming consequence of this terrible war....

Syria Is Now the Gravest Threat to Britain - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

Every month a new batch of British Muslims leaves the country to risk their lives in Syria’s brutal civil war. For some, the hazardous journey is nothing more than an oppo...

Is Anyone Still Watching Assad? - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Amid opposition claims of new Syrian chemical weapons attacks, President Bashar al-Assad is fast approaching an important deadline for removing his stockpiles of the deadly armamen...

Pity the Palestinians? Count Me Out - Norman Podhoretz, Wall St. Journal

Thousands of Arabs are dying in Syria and South Sudan. Where's the outrage on behalf of those truly suffering?...

Refugee Influx Threatens Lebanon, Jordan - David Schenker, GPS

The self-immolation of a Syrian refugee in Lebanon last month is a harrowing reminder of the desperate circumstances of those who have fled the war. But the hardship...

Did Syrian Rebels Gas Civilians? - Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

As intercepts and other data related to the 21 August attacks were gathered, the intelligence community saw evidence to support its suspicions. ‘We now know it was a covert actio...

The Holes in Seymour Hersh's Syria Story - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Given the industrial scale dissimulation now being exercised by Russian intelligence operatives in Ukraine, it is hard to grasp how anyone with Hersh's experience could publish suc...

Shakespeare Fits with Syria Tragedy - Jason Miks, Global Public Square

This month marks William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and people around the world are celebrating – from Stratfordians to Syrians. Yes, Syrians. One hundred Syrian children hav...

If We Can Let Syria Burn, Have We Learned Anything? - James Traub, FP

The legacy of genocide and why humanitarian intervention still needs a president that's compelled to act....

Is Obama Posturing on Syria (Again)? - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

If the Obama administration is planning to run tide-turning weapons to the Syrian rebels, then Hadi al-Bahra requires more than words of encouragement to believe it’s true. &...

Ukraine Isn't the Biggest Problem in the World - Simon Tisdall, CNN

Syria, not Crimea, directly affects western security in very basic ways. What's happening there is changing the power balance in the Middle East. And unlike in Ukraine or the Balti...

On Syria, U.S. and UN Are All Talk - Washington Post

No, the United States can’t force action by the Security Council, where Russia, Assad’s ally, has a veto. But the Obama administration is not lacking in options to stop the ong...

Putin Is Now Stuck with Bashar al-Assad - Michael Young, The National

There has been speculation lately as to whether Russian president Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea were improvised, or whether they were the result of a longer-term strateg...

Syria Threatens Lebanon's Fragile Peace - David Schenker, LA Times

Less than a generation removed from the 15-year civil war that claimed nearly 200,000 lives, Lebanon again appears to be hurtling toward instability....

In Syria, Muslim Brotherhood on the Decline - Hassan Hassan, National

By May last year, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood had established enormous leverage within almost all the opposition’s burgeoning political, military and grassroots bodies. The g...

The Iran-Israel Border Struggle Heats Up - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

For the last year and a half, Israel has kept Iran’s allies on its borders almost totally quiet. The 2006 war that many, including Hezbollah, believed Jerusalem had lost serv...

Time for Obama to Face Global Realities - Trudy Rubin, Philly Inquirer

There's a link between all these headaches, and you sometimes seem to get it, but your foreign policy doesn't reflect that understanding. Isn't it time your team started connecting...

Obama Calls the Shots in Saudi Arabia - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Mr Obama has no need to feel inhibited when he encounters the Saudi king. He can try to quell the fires in the Middle East without heeding the humble nonagenarian who prefers to de...

Is the Carnage in Syria Obama's Fault? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The argument in favor of early intervention in Syria takes something for granted that is far from clear: that such an early intervention would have gone smoothly, or relatively smo...

Obama Blesses Mideast's New Authoritarian Order - Haroon Siddiqui, Star

Fresh from condemning Russia for punishing Ukraine for daring to be democratic, Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia Friday to bless the squelching of democracy in the Middle East. T...

The Specter of Polio Looms Over the Mideast - Tim Whewell, BBC News

As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease -...

Why Assad Is Stronger than Ever - Michael Young, The National

Mr Al Assad’s regime has a good sense of the vulnerabilities of its neighbours and of Western countries. While he has made mistakes, he and those around him have managed to h...

What 'Leading from Behind' Looks Like in Syria - Daily Star

A policy of leading from behind, as some describe the Obama approach, means nothing more than abandoning the Syrian people to even worse horrors to come....

Obama Needs Putin to Salvage Syria - Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

Now that Russia’s annexation of Crimea is an accomplished fact, the Ukraine conversation, is all about consequences. And there will be a lot of them, intended or otherwise....

Syria's UN Aid Jam - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Brushing aside vague threats from the United Nations Security Council, the Syrian government continued over the past month to lay siege to more than 220,000 of its own civilians, b...

Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem - Somini Sengupta, New York Times

Using machine-learning tools to draw inferences about the effects of each piece of information they analyzed, the researchers compiled a list of 15 countries facing the highest ris...

Let Us Count the Ways Arabs Are Dying - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....

Syrian Rebels Pit Hezbollah Against Israel - Yaron Friedman, Ynet News

Israel must think carefully about who benefits the most from the recent escalation along its Golan border with Syria....

West's Peaceniks Must Answer for Syria - James Bloodworth, Independent

Inaction can be as bad as intervention....

Syrian Endgame Shakes Up Geopolitics - M K Bhadrakumar, Rediff

From Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Syria is shaking up regional orders and beyond....

The Road from Etchasketchistan - Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

American foreign policy is currently languishing in a netherworld of indeterminacy that goes by the name of Etchasketchistan....

The Syrian Inferno - Jerusalem Post

If Syria teaches us anything, it is that territory still counts and counts big, contrary to trendy wishful-thinking....

There Are No Words to Describe Syria's Hell - Anne Barnard, Irish Times

Words such as ‘war-torn’ and ‘chaos’ fail to detail the scale of Syrian misery four years on....

Assad Has the Upper Hand - Michael Young, The National

With President Bashar Al Assad’s term scheduled to end in July, the Syrian regime is apparently preparing for new elections that Mr Al Assad will surely win, by foul means if...

The Price of Failed Leadership - Mitt Romney, Wall Street Journal

Why are there no good choices? From Crimea to North Korea, from Syria to Egypt, and from Iraq to Afghanistan, America apparently has no good options. If possession is nine-tenths o...

Hezbollah Advances in Syria, Frail in Lebanon - S. Nashashibi, National

If the capture of Yabroud is to be described as a victory for anyone, it would be for Hizbollah, not the regime it is propping up. Even then, however, victory is an appropriate d...

In 21st Century, Force Still Trumps Diplomacy - Hussein Ibish, National

What Mr Obama, Mr Kerry and Ms Clinton have been driving towards is an American foreign policy that seeks to avoid force whenever possible, emphasises interdependence, economic glo...

A Syrian Reflection in Many Arab States - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Perhaps one reason why Arab host countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq keep their borders open is that these countries have all experienced the pain of conflicts that sent man...

The World Dithers, Syrians Die - Gulf News

There is no unity in the international community to say “enough”. Efforts at international mediation have been failures barring some token gesture to at least live the lie that...

A Global Attention Deficit Disorder - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

How do we decide what matters in the world? The question is prompted by the coincidence of the crisis in Ukraine and the third anniversary of the outbreak of war in Syria....

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