Syria

A Hezbollah supporter displays a picture of Iran's late Ayatollah Khomeini, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 1. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Both Obama and Trump Stoked the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

The United States should find a more effective way to deter Tehran and restrain Riyadh.

US special operations forces near Raqqa, Syria on May 25, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Acknowledges 2,000 Troops in Syria

Officials have no plans to withdraw U.S. forces until ISIS is beaten.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo takes shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Syria’s war isn’t over, but a growing number of German policymakers are trying to revoke asylum and send Syrians back home — against their will, if necessary.

On this episode of The E.R., editor-in-chief Jonathan Tepperman and the panel discuss what's next for the Middle East.

What’s Next for the Middle East?

Career diplomats talk Syria, Iran from a local perspective.

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

Russia ambassador Vassily Nebenzia vetoes Syria chemical weapons resolution on October 24, 2017. (Timothy Clary/ AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Vetoes U.N. Effort to Finger Those Responsible for Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Nikki Haley warns U.S. is prepared to use military to enforce prohibition on Syrian chemical weapons use.

The insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on a member's uniform in al-Karamah, Syria on May 10. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag as a convoy carrying aid provided by Iran arrives in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Sept. 20. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.

Drugs seized by Syrian police in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the ‘Jihadi Drug’ Moving Out of Syria?

The DEA says Captagon production is shifting back to Europe. Experts are doubtful.

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The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

Investigators work around the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck that was used in a terror attack on Oct. 31 in New York City. The driver pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters Are Coming Home

And Western countries need a plan to defuse the threat they pose.

A man collects samples from the site of a suspected sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, on April 4. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Vetoes Extension of U.N. Inquiry Into Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

The sole investigation into responsibility for a deadly sarin attack is now in jeopardy.

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) removes an Islamic State flag in the Syrian town of Tabqa on April 30. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

What the End of ISIS Means

Five questions to help understand what exactly America’s latest Middle Eastern war has, and hasn’t, accomplished.

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard next to a bridge in Manbij, northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms

Bombed-out cities meant death and destruction. Now they promise billions of dollars — for new construction.

U.S. special forces work with Iraqi troops near Mosul on Feb. 23, 2017. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

No Plans to Withdraw U.S. Troops Even After ISIS Defeat

A 'tactical campaign masquerading as strategy' needs to find one now.

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