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.
Moscow Holds the Key to Peace Between Jerusalem and Damascus
Russia is more important than the United States in averting war between Israel and Syria.
Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria
U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.
The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost
Bashar al-Assad won. It’s worth thinking about why the United States didn’t.
Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria
Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.
Trump Should Strike a Deal With Putin on Syria
The United States won’t get everything it wants, but it would be wise to protect Washington’s remaining interests before it’s too late.
America’s Credibility Is on the Line in Syria
Trump must stick to his word and tell Russia to stop violating a critical cease-fire.
At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria
The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.
Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey
Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.
Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo
Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.