As border crossings reopen, Jordanian authorities might have to tolerate a degree of informal petty trade with Syria to revive Ramtha's economy and prevent social unrest.
Why was Bashar al-Assad so unprepared for the Syrian uprising, and has he learned anything since?
In an interview, Frederic Hof recalls how Bashar al-Assad undercut the party’s position on the Shebaa Farms.
The Iraqi-Syrian border continues to be geopolitically restless. Kurdish parties have taken advantage of central government weaknesses to increase their autonomy in these areas.
Lebanon and Syria are using the fate of Syrian refugees to advance their economic and political agendas.
In an interview, Kheder Khaddour looks back at the wreckage of Syria on the anniversary of the start of its conflict.
In 2012, as the conflict in Syria continued to smolder, President Barack Obama made clear that any use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would constitute a “red line” for U.S. engagement. A decade later, the tangle of "heroes and villains” involved in that unprecedented effort is clearer.
Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous decision that Shamima Begum, who left the country as a teenager to join ISIS, was not allowed to return and fight for her citizenship case.
Developments on the ground in Dar‘a show that instability is bound to continue in the governorate.
As conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq move toward de-escalation, postwar reconstruction will be complicated. Each country has a unique postwar outlook, but in all four countries, political reconstruction is a key foundation for long-term economic stability.