The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It
A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.
Watchdog Warns of Islamic State Resurgence
The Pentagon’s inspector general sounds the alarm amid new violence in Syria.
U.S.-Turkish Ties May Be Cut for Good in Syria
The two countries are trying to work together in Manbij, and it isn’t going well.
Bashar al-Assad Is Waging Biological War—By Neglect
By deliberately destroying and degrading public health infrastructure, the Syrian regime is reviving long-eradicated diseases and killing civilians.
Norwegian Diplomat Tops U.N. Shortlist For Syria Envoy
Geir Pedersen could be saddled with one of diplomacy’s most thankless tasks.
How Trump Can Get a Better Deal on Iran
The United States needs to keep Europe on board, go beyond sanctions, and ensure lasting bipartisan support for its new policy.
Bolton Puts Mattis in a Tight Spot on Syria
Legally, the U.S. has to use troops there to fight the Islamic State. But the White House wants them to deter Iran.
Syria’s Three Wars
With battles raging in Idlib, near the Golan Heights, and in the country's east, the civil war is far from over.
Google Maps Is a Better Spy Than James Bond
Open-source intelligence is a vital tool for governments—and for checking them.
How Putin’s Syrian War Is Humbling Trump
The Kremlin is filling the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat from the Middle East—now, with a buffer zone in Idlib.
Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib
Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
U.S. Ramps Up Threats of Military Action Against Syria’s Assad
The administration is worried about lingering Iranian and Russian influence in Syria.
The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress
A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.
Israel’s Secret War Against Iran Is Widening
Israel has fully joined the battle in Syria—but it's not clear it can achieve any of its goals there.
Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels
Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.
The Incredible Shrinking Defense Secretary
James Mattis accepts tactical retreats to retain influence with Donald Trump. But the losses are piling up.
Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran
The U.S. administration is reluctant to help with Syrian recovery.
U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria
The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.
Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria
But this type of warfare also gives the United States a chance to learn about the latest Russian technology.
The Summer of Israel’s Contentment
Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.