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.

What the Idlib Crisis Means for Turkey and Russia

March 18, 2020

As the civil war in Syria moves toward an end, it becomes ever more difficult to postpone resolution of the toughest issues. Each actor has different priorities, which are not easy to reconcile. The Syrian regime wants to regain full control of its territory, while Russia and Iran are particularly...

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.

What Is Erdogan’s Real Plan for Kurds?

October 31, 2019

In a recent interview with Turkish state broadcaster TRT World, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made clear his ambition for Ankara’s military offensive against Kurds in northern Syria. In an almost two-hour program on October 24, he explained his plan for demographic change in the Kurdish region....

Why Idlib Matters to Turkey

September 18, 2018

The final rebel-held province brings into focus all the pressures on Turkey in the Syrian Civil War. “Protection comes firstly from God, and after that it’s up to the Turks,” Mohammad al-Youssef, a 33-year-old resident of the village of al-Surman, southeast of Idlib city, Syria, was quoted...

The Tehran Summit Hasn’t Done Much for Syria

September 13, 2018

The Tehran summit may eventually bring about an end to the fighting as we’ve known it, but not the peace desired by the people of Syria. Last week’s gathering in Tehran of the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey produced predictable happy talk, but offered little hope for Syrians now deep...

The World Is Sending Refugees Back to Hell

June 23, 2018

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage...

An Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Could Reshape the Middle East

April 25, 2018

The unusual triple alliance coming out of Syria could change the regional balance of power and unhinge NATO — if it holds together at all. An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian War — one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump’s “Outrage” Over Syria

April 16, 2018

Ever since the start of his campaign in 2015 and even before, Trump has made it clear what kinds of things outrage him. Reuters obtained from “a source familiar with the internal debate at the White House” the following insight about Donald Trump’s psychology after seeing photographs of...

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