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Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"
Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

Is the EU Starting to Wobble on Freezing Out Assad?

Cracks have begun to emerge between EU member states on Syria policy.

A fighter from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army is deployed on a checkpoint in the area of Kafr Jannah on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Afrin on Oct. 19.
A fighter from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army is deployed on a checkpoint in the area of Kafr Jannah on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Afrin on Oct. 19.

Turkey Combats Jihadi Expansion on Syria Border

An extremist alliance with links to al Qaeda is making headway across northern Syria, drawing Russia and Iran deeper into the conflict and posing problems for Turkey.

A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.
A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.

The Folly of Reengaging Assad

Jordan tried to reestablish ties with the Syrian dictator’s regime. It was a disaster.

A women holds up her hands making "peace" or "V for victory" signs with her fingers amid a group of women waving flags.
A women holds up her hands making "peace" or "V for victory" signs with her fingers amid a group of women waving flags.
Two women stand in a street with strollers and four children.
Two women stand in a street with strollers and four children.

Will Turkey Expel Its Syrian Refugees?

Nearly 4 million refugees are caught in the crossfire of Ankara’s heated domestic politics.

A man walks through Mariupol, Ukraine.
A man walks through Mariupol, Ukraine.

Russia’s Imperial Arrogance Is Destroying Ukrainian Heritage

The Kremlin believes it’s the true heir of classical civilization—and is poised to replicate its pillage of Syria in Ukraine under the guise of cultural preservation.

Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.
Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.

Putin Is Targeting Ukrainian Hospitals. That’s a War Crime.

The Kremlin is reviving the brutal methods it used in Syria, and the World Health Organization is refusing to name the crime and its perpetrator.

A U.N. peacekeeper keeps guard in Bria in the Central African Republic.
A U.N. peacekeeper keeps guard in Bria in the Central African Republic.

Putin Resorts to Syrian Mercenaries in Ukraine. It’s Not the First Time.

The Kremlin has been recruiting thousands of hardened Syrian fighters to join its war in Ukraine.

A banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin
A banner depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Syrian Fighters May End Up on Both Sides of the Ukraine War

Young Syrians have already served as mercenaries elsewhere.

A Syrian woman walks with a boy past a banner showing Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Abu al-Zuhur checkpoint in Idlib province, Syria, on June 1, 2018.
A Syrian woman walks with a boy past a banner showing Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Abu al-Zuhur checkpoint in Idlib province, Syria, on June 1, 2018.
Members of Syria's top jihadist group the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance, led by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, parade with their flags and those of the Taliban's declared "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" through the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on August 20, 2021.
Members of Syria's top jihadist group the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance, led by al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate, parade with their flags and those of the Taliban's declared "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" through the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on August 20, 2021.

Rebel-Held Syria Is the New Capital of Global Terrorism

The question of who controls the region around Idlib has become an international problem.

A picture shows the scene after an explosive device exploded in a taxi in Syria's town of Azaz in the rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province near the border with Turkey, on January 13.
A picture shows the scene after an explosive device exploded in a taxi in Syria's town of Azaz in the rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province near the border with Turkey, on January 13.

Syria Is Neither Stable Nor Safe

An unfinished war has been almost forgotten by the West.

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Ibrahim-Al-Hussein-Syria-swim-The-Long-Game-episode-site-3-2

The Long Game Podcast: A Syrian Paralympian Who Competes For All Refugees

How a Paralympian personified the ultimate perseverance.

A Syrian man carries an injured boy.
A Syrian man carries an injured boy.

The U.S. Has a Moral Responsibility to Prevent Assad’s Normalization

The Syrian leader’s crimes will forever be recalled alongside the world’s worst tyrannical butchers.

A merchant counts Syrian pound notes, bearing a portrait of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at the Bzourieh market in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 2019.
A merchant counts Syrian pound notes, bearing a portrait of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at the Bzourieh market in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 2019.

The Pointlessness of America’s Syria Sanctions

The United States has given up on trying to topple Bashar al-Assad—but continues to punish the Syrian people.

Syrian refugees stand at the entrance to their family’s tent.
Syrian refugees stand at the entrance to their family’s tent.

The Human Cost of Normalizing Assad

Arab states are welcoming the Syrian president back into the fold. That’s bad news for millions of Syrian refugees.

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The-Negotiators-podcast-series-1500x1000-site (1)

The Negotiators Podcast: How A Finish Diplomat Negotiated the Release of Mothers and Children from Syria

Jussi Tanner spent nearly two years bargaining with the Kurdish-led autonomous government.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad’s Unlikely Comeback

Regional governments that once shunned Damascus are mending fences with a murderous regime—showing human rights abusers everywhere how to commit atrocities with impunity.

A member of the Alawite community pastes pictures of Rifaat al-Assad on a wall in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Dec. 6, 2007.
A member of the Alawite community pastes pictures of Rifaat al-Assad on a wall in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Dec. 6, 2007.

Assad’s Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory

By reconciling with an estranged uncle, Syria’s dictator may have definitively reestablished his power.

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