As Assad Gains Ground, New Syria Talks Offer Little Hope of Peace
Ahead of Erdogan’s visit to Washington, insiders are pessimistic that the Geneva talks will lead to a political solution for Syria.
The United States Can’t Have It All
The debacle over Syria shows that neither party understands the country’s real goals in the Middle East—or what it would take to achieve them.
The Child Soldier Crisis: ‘Kids Are Cheap’
The Pentagon’s Middle East policy chief decries new recruitment of children in Syria and the Yemen civil war.
Erdogan Wants to Redraw the Middle East’s Ethnic Map
Turkey’s plans in Syria are part of a long and dark history of population transfer stretching back to the Ottoman era.
Pentagon Defends Murky Mission in Syria Oil Fields
The key question is whether U.S. troops have legal authority to fire on Syrian, Russian, or Iranian forces.
Israel’s Occupation of Lebanon Failed. Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Probably Will, Too.
Safe zones rarely bring security benefits, and the Turkish incursion in northern Syria risks ending the same way as Israel’s disastrous occupation of southern Lebanon.
I Saw the Birth, and Bloody Death, of the Dream of Syrian Democracy
The Syrian revolution was started by patriots—and ended by international jihadis supported by the United States.
‘Allies and Partners Will Think Twice Before Taking America at Its Word’
In an interview, James Mattis’s onetime speechwriter criticizes Trump’s treatment of long-standing U.S. partners like the Syrian Kurds.
The Realists Are Wrong About Syria
Neither Trump nor the international relations experts who cheered his choice to withdraw U.S. troops have wrestled adequately with the costs of departure.
The Kurds Are the Nation-State’s Latest Victims
The global order has been stuck with states since 1648. It’s time to move on.
U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing
The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.
How the Iran Hawks Botched Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
Beginning with special representative James Jeffrey, U.S. officials consistently misread the threat from Turkey.
Russia Is the Only Winner in Syria
With Washington’s policy in chaos and Erdogan moving into Putin’s orbit, Moscow has come out on top.
The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death won’t eliminate the threat of Islamist extremism so long as autocratic regimes continue to hold sway in the Middle East.