The United States can neither transform Syria nor walk away from it. Washington needs to accept the reality that its role will likely be limited.
Syria’s coming battles will determine the final relationship between the central government in Damascus and the Syrian Kurds, even when this is not their immediate or sole purpose.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Two years ago Barack Obama warned Russia that it was entering a Syrian quagmire. Moscow is still laughing.
In an interview, author James Barr discusses why his book on the Franco-British rivalry in the Middle East remains relevant today.
Planning for the future of Iraq after ISIS will be essential to consolidating coalition successes and avoiding yet another recurrence of insurgency and state failure.
Michael McFaul analyzes the many angles of Russia’s approach to the Syrian conflict.
Why the conflict against the Islamic State will profoundly reshape the ties and networks in Deir Ezzor.
In an interview, Hassan Hassan examines the complex reality of the current fight for control over Syria’s eastern border region.
Regional crises, water scarcity, and low agricultural yields mean the Middle East is increasingly less able to feed itself.