Will Idlib Be the Final Move on Syria’s Chessboard?

October 15, 2020

Recent rumblings portend a grim new episode for Syria’s Idlib province. Stretching along the northwestern border with Turkey, Idlib became the last redoubt of forces that oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, namely Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Liberation Front,  when...

A Delicate Balance of Power in Syria’s Last Opposition Stronghold

June 24, 2019

The politics of Idlib are extremely complicated, particularly with respect to outside powers that have vested interests in the outcome of the fight for the province. The delicate balance of power in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib appears unsustainable and, to say the least, it is...

What Went Wrong in Syria?

December 21, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the former US ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford. Robert Ford served as the US ambassador to Syria between 2011 and 2014, an appointee of the Obama administration. Ford was criticized for his belief that working with the Syrian rebels would...

Is it Time to Reopen the Jordan-Syria Border?

If the borders with Syria are reopened, Jordan can become a hub for the reconstruction process. Jordan is employing a new political and security tactic regarding the Syrian conflict. On August 30, Amman, the host of the Military Operations Center (MOC) that oversees the truce in Syria, held a...

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

July 13, 2017

To some, the significance of the Trump-Putin meeting is a harbinger of things to come.  The July 7 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, will be remembered not so much because the meeting of two most important world leaders finally...

Climate Change in Egypt: Death on the Nile

June 07, 2017

Climate change is creating preconditions in Egypt that precipitated the Syrian Civil War. The Nile Delta, home to 40 million people and source of two-thirds of Egypt’s food production, is disappearing. This is a direct result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Delta, about the size...

Trump’s New Foreign Policy is the Worst of Both Worlds

April 14, 2017

The greenhorn president is heading down a well-worn path: see a problem, fire a missile at it. It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to discover that US foreign policy is about as easy to turn around as a warship in dry dock. Despite any number of promises to shake things up — during the...

The World This Week: US Strikes Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack

April 09, 2017

Strikes on Syria after a ghastly chemical weapons attack boost Trump’s popularity but raise questions of whether they are punitive, preventive or just. In an age where there are five jobs in public relations in the US for every single job in journalism, there are far too many issues for...

President Trump Should Invest in Southern Syria’s Rebels

By increasing its investment in the Southern Front, the Trump administration can secure some of the most important areas of Syria. The Syrian opposition movement has come to an inflection point from which it will be irreversibly changed—with significant consequences for the stability of the...

A Farewell to Aleppo

December 14, 2016

As Aleppo falls, the world has forgotten about civilians in Syria. I woke up this morning to a video of an old Syrian man gesturing wildly at a camera as bombs tore up the concrete behind him. He looked like many Arab grandfathers I know, bearded and wearing a plaid shirt decorated with...

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