Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working
The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.
How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad
U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.
Foreign ISIS Children Deserve a Home
Western governments have shirked their responsibilities for far too long.
Sanctions Against Syria Will Help, Not Harm, Civilians
The Caesar Act is an overdue effort to starve the Assad regime of the resources that fuel its atrocities.
The War Has Arrived Inside the Assad Family
Syria’s dictator crushed an uprising—but the ground may be crumbling beneath his feet.
Senate Demands Answers on Afghanistan Pullout
Lawmakers want answers from the nation’s top spy about the impact of a hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
New Report Exposes Brutal Methods of Russia’s Wagner Group
How a shady network of operatives serves as the tip of the spear in Russia’s global influence efforts with almost no accountability.
The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future
Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.
Trump Administration Says Iran Could Exit Syria Amid Pandemic
The State Department’s top official for Iran thinks Russia and Syria see more benefits to a potential Iranian drawdown.
Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria
With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus.
It’s Syrian vs. Syrian in Libya
Turkey and Russia are using desperate mercenaries from the last war to fight in the next one.
WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria
But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.
Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths
Under fire from human rights groups, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers for funding to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Foreign Policy has learned.
If a Torturer Switches Sides, Does He Deserve Mercy?
A Syrian official goes on trial this week for war crimes. His defense centers on the rebels who helped him defect—and now want nothing to do with him.
Suleimani’s Absence Has Been No Problem for Iran in Syria
After the assassination of its high-ranking general, Iran has successfully doubled down on its regional military strategy.