Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

February 19, 2014

Could Lebanon's 15-year conflict prove to be a lesson for Syria? Lebanon’s civil war, which cost some 150,000 lives, was brought to a much needed if unsatisfactory end by the Taif Agreement, or National Reconciliation Accord. It had become clear to the warring Shi'a, Sunni and...

Land of the “Boutique Jihad”: The Foreign Fighters in Syria

November 01, 2013

The number of foreign fighters in Syria has reached an alarming level. As the Syrian Civil War rages on for a third year, it has morphed into a wider jihad by Islamist militants, both home-grown and foreign imports. Syria has become the "favorite" battleground of the so-called jihadists...

Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

August 28, 2013

The only option left for Syrians is to demand a political settlement.  Images of dead bodies laid out on floors wrapped in white cloths, with no sign of blood or injury, circulated across social and news media last week to signal another horrific stage of the Syrian war. As of August...

Military Intervention in Syria: The End is Not Nigh

August 28, 2013

The proposed US-led military strikes are unlikely to end the Syrian military’s war efforts. The proposed US-led military action against the Syrian military, in response to allegations that the Bashar al-Assad government authorized the use of chemical weapons against civilian targets in the...

The Alawite Question

August 22, 2013

Ensuring the protection of Alawites will expedite an end to the civil war in Syria. Syria has become a proxy war to shift the balance of power between Sunnis and Shi’ites in the Middle East. The struggle over the future of the country was not always a sectarian one; the revolution started as...

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

July 13, 2013

Tunisia's experience of Islamism has changed the lens through which many now view Syria. As the Obama administration has parried pressures to enmesh the United States more deeply in Syria's murderous civil war, last year's high tide of international insistence on Bashar al-Assad's...