Outreach to leaders on the ground is essential for ensuring the country's stability after Assad’s fall.
The political opposition has failed to address the issue of Syria's economic reconstruction—a debate that will define the country's character and future.
Lebanon remains vulnerable to the Syrian conflict. Although the country has avoided major upheaval so far, the state is weak, sectarian tensions are high, and political coalitions are divided along pro and anti-regime lines.
The recent NATO decision to deploy missiles along the Turkish-Syrian border has been framed in terms of a defense strategy for Turkey, but the same missiles could conceivably provide cover for refugees fleeing the violence.
Syria is widely believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, in particular a large chemical weapons arsenal.
Furthering the cause of democracy in the Middle East requires realistic, pragmatic U.S. leadership to encourage reform and promote the development of civil society in the region.
Despite rising levels of violence in Syria, the United States should focus less on intervention and more on planning for the day after the fall of the regime.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host one-day conference with high-level experts focusing on the political, socio-economic, and regional implications of the ongoing conflict in Syria and efforts to construct a new Syrian state.
The Syrian National Initiative is unlikely to quickly bring about the desired unity among the Syrian opposition.
What are the origins of the country’s sectarian divisions—and why are they coming into play?