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March 05, 2021

Trump Is Giving Syria the “Iran Treatment”

July 22, 2020

In mid-June, Washington imposed harsh economic sanctions on Syria under the Caesar Act. A key US objective behind these sanctions is to prevent President Bashar al-Assad from achieving a true victory in the civil war.

Libyan General Gets Closer to Assad

June 06, 2020

More than nine years into the Syrian crisis, there are steady reports of Syrian militants fighting in Libya’s civil war over 1,200 miles away.

Turkey Pushes Syria and Egypt Closer

December 18, 2019

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

August 22, 2019

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...

Will Idlib Trigger a Turkish-Syrian War?

July 29, 2019

In Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped in what the UN has described as an unfolding humanitarian disaster.

Trump Proclaims Who Owns What in the Middle East

March 29, 2019

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

March 28, 2019

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

January 15, 2019

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

December 23, 2016

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,...

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