Syria

Syrians rest at a quarantine facility in the the town of Jisr al-Shughur, west of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, on April 27, 2020.

Inside Syria’s Secret Coronavirus Crisis

The Assad regime is suffering a massive outbreak—and burying the bodies in silence.

Lebanese women wave the national flag

Beirut Explosion Imperils Lebanon’s Refugee Population—and Aid Routes to Syria

Reeling from the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the city’s port, Lebanon’s most vulnerable are bracing for even more anguish.

Syrian police show seized drugs and Captagon pills in Damascus on Jan. 4, 2016.

The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade

After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.

Saudi-led coalition soldiers deploy to the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 3, 2015, during a military operation against Houthi rebels and their allies.

Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East

The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.

A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds

It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.

A child sits on a couch found in a street, ravaged by pro-regime forces air strikes, in the town of Ariha in the southern countryside of the Idlib province on April 11, 2020. (AAREF WATAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries Offer Humanitarian Aid to Clean Image

The Wagner Group, busy sowing chaos from Syria to Libya, is trying to score PR points. But the United States is increasingly pushing back.

Syrians walk near a humanitarian convoy in Douma, Syria.

Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid

A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

The Syrian city of Idlib in March after the coroanvirus outbreak.

In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine

The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz at Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 19, 2019 in Delaware.

Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working

The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.

Syrians displaced by pro-regime strikes, join a convoy driving toward the Deir al-Ballut checkpoint in Syria on April 11, 2020.

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.

Women and children walk inside the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria on Jan. 14, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held.

Foreign ISIS Children Deserve a Home

Western governments have shirked their responsibilities for far too long.

A portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs in old Damascus, Syria, on June 16, 2020.

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.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma arrive at the Elysee palace on July 14, 2008 in Paris.

The War Has Arrived Inside the Assad Family


Syria’s dictator crushed an uprising—but the ground may be crumbling beneath his feet.

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) speaks with reporters following the weekly policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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.

Yevgeny Prigozhin

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.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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.

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