Of all the foreign policy fantasies of the current administration, one of the most alluring is that key Sunni Arab states can now be mobilized effectively in the service of U.S. interests.
Syria’s conflict has forced tribal communities to turn inwards, and such localization has further undermined tribal solidarities.
Carnegie Middle East recently hosted a roundtable on the self-declared Federation of Northern Syria-Rojava.
Infighting and regime gains suggest the rebels are heading for defeat around Damascus.
With the Syrian conflict entering its final phase, the opposition is faced with two choices:destruction or reincorporation within central state structures.
The Syrian army remains a fundamental factor for the survival of the Syrian regime.
As Syrian rebels become more extreme, the only winner will be Bashar al-Assad.
The Arab Spring protests upended the order of the Middle East, but six years later much remains the same.
Despite the inherent challenges of finding a long-term solution to Lebanon’s refugee crisis, its focus on short-term responses could worsen social and political cleavages and foster new forms of marginalization.
Donald Trump’s plan for refugee zones in and around Syria will not materialize.