Tag: Syria

Elimination of IS Leader Is a Positive, But Not a Final, Step

Elimination of IS Leader Is a Positive, But Not a Final, Step

On January 3, the United States announced the elimination of Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) during a counterterrorism raid in Atmeh, a town in Syria’s Idlib province close to the Turkish border. In an address to the nation, US President Joe...

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

War crimes, genocide, torture, forced disappearances, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law have been characteristic of conflicts in the Arab world since even before they were codified in law. These crimes still occur in many Arab countries, most notably in...

The Assad Family Has Been Shaping Syria for 50 Years

The Assad Family Has Been Shaping Syria for 50 Years

It has been over a decade since a civil uprising began in Syria during the height of the Arab Spring. What started in March 2011 soon developed into a civil war between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition, made up of various factions with different ideologies. Throughout...

Turkey Pushes Syria and Egypt Closer

Turkey Pushes Syria and Egypt Closer

Since the 2013 coup in Egypt, Cairo has consistently supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In October 2019, after Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria, Egypt became more supportive of the government in Damascus.

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Over the last few weeks, the northwestern area of Idlib province in Syria has come under constant bombardment from regime forces and its allies. With a disturbing civilian casualty count mounting and a nation in upheaval after years of civil war, waning global attention is causing concern that one...

Trump Proclaims Who Owns What in the Middle East

Trump Proclaims Who Owns What in the Middle East

With his magnified power over the rules and laws that govern international relations, Donald Trump offers Israel the deed to the Golan Heights. As the world awaits  the “deal of the century” for the Middle East, US President Donald Trump continues to take bold steps likely to prevent any...

Trump Is Wrong on the Golan Heights

Trump Is Wrong on the Golan Heights

If Israel is to survive in the region, it will need to eventually reach a peace agreement with the Syrians and the Palestinians. Like on many other international issues, US President Donald Trump is simply wrong when it comes to how to deal with the issue of the Golan Heights. On March 21, he...

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

In the Middle East, frontlines and tactics may be shifting, but US and Gulf geopolitical goals have not. Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Syrian Kurds serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals, like countering...

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

People of Aleppo are suffering from a lack of political will to take decisive action among the world’s powerful countries. The fall of Aleppo, and the horrific bombing campaign that has including the targeting of schools and hospitals, has been compared with the atrocities of Srebrenica,...

Japan’s Media: A Narrow Window on the World

Japan’s Media: A Narrow Window on the World

Media in Japan focuses heavily on domestic affairs, affecting the country's global outlook. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected in a multitude of ways, and advances in information and communication technologies have made the gathering and dissemination of information at a global...

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