A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
The Century Foundation’s Sam Heller discusses the complexities of a governorate that continues to evade regime control.
Jihad Yazigi discusses diplomacy in Syria, Iran’s aims, and whether the Assad regime still matters.
The European Union’s policy in the Mediterranean will have to evolve substantially if the union wants to have influence in this crucial region.
Journalist Ibrahim Hamidi examines how the conflict over Syria’s borders is being shaped by outside powers.
When it comes to the future of Syria, Donald Trump is channeling Barack Obama.
A review of foreign policy challenges in Syria, Russia, North Korea, and beyond.
Pursuing an ambitious mission against Iran, Assad, and the Russians in Syria is dangerous, imprudent, and unnecessary to protect vital U.S. security interests.
Journalist Ali Hashem discusses why Iran aims to secure control over the Syrian-Iraqi border.
The Syrian conflict six years on remains mired in the complexities of local, regional, and international interests, complicating ongoing efforts to achieve a political solution. The many unaddressed challenges seem to render the negotiations in Geneva and Astana a futile and endless process.