• Op-Ed
    How to Beat ISIS
    David Rothkopf October 30, 2014 Time

    If Washington is leading a coalition against the Islamic State, and it is, then the United States must be on the ground as well. There is no other way.

  • Op-Ed
    Russia’s Policy in the Middle East and the Fight Against Extremism
    Alexey Malashenko October 28, 2014 Project on the Middle East and the Arab Spring (POMEAS)

    Over a few months the Islamic State has asserted itself as the strongest—militarily and politically—extremist organization in the Middle East. Russia must develop a policy to deal with the Islamic State.

  • Op-Ed
    Time to Devalue Islamic State Hostage ‘Tools’
    Lina Khatib October 14, 2014 BBC News عربي

    Hostages have become a key tool of both propaganda and war for the Islamic State. However, the global response is failing to curb this terrorist strategy.

  • Op-Ed
    Is There an Answer for Syria?
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews October 9, 2014 New York Review of Books Русский

    The rapid rise of the Islamic State means core assumptions driving policy on Syria must be rethought.

  • Op-Ed
    Turkey’s Dangerous Bet on Syria
    Sinan Ülgen October 9, 2014 New York Times

    Turkey’s policy of conditioning its anti–Islamic State engagement on support for an anti-Assad campaign will be at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive.

  • Article
    The European Union Must Face the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini October 2, 2014

    The Islamic State is posing an unprecedented type of threat to the West, especially to European states. The European Union must respond by focusing on five key priorities.

  • Op-Ed
    Turkey’s ISIS Crisis
    Sinan Ülgen October 2, 2014 Project Syndicate

    Turkey fundamentally disagrees with the United States in its interpretation of the threat that the Islamic State poses, viewing the group as a symptom of deeper pathologies.

  • Op-Ed
    Netanyahu’s Convenient Lies About ISIS and Hamas
    Nathan Brown September 30, 2014 Forward

    Israel argues that all forms of terrorism are different sides of the same coin and have civilization as their target. But lumping Hamas and the Islamic State together may be counterproductive for Israel in the long run.

  • Op-Ed
    Airstrikes Will Not Beat ISIS
    Lina Khatib September 26, 2014 CNN Opinion عربي

    The most airstrikes can achieve is the containment of the Islamic State through limiting its ability to expand geographically. They can not lead to its eradication.

  • Op-Ed
    Bad Moon Rising
    David Rothkopf September 25, 2014 Foreign Policy

    This week’s conclave of world leaders in New York has presented two contrasting narratives for the Syria-Iraq war and the current moment of upheaval in the Middle East.


Syria in Crisis

Carnegie Experts on Syria

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

  • Oz Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program

    Hassan is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost authorities on democracy promotion and democracy assistance programs and a leading scholar on U.S. foreign policy.

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.


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