Writing in Financial Times, Philip Gordon argues that the ceasefire in Syria is the most propitious development in the country since the war began five years ago. It's maintenance should be prioritized even over other longstanding goals such as the immediate removal of Assad or the marginalization of Russia and Iran.
Sameera Allam says her heart breaks when she thinks about her teenage son, who goes off to work each morning doing whatever job he can get to help support his family. In Syria, he went to school.
It's not only the improvement of an airstrip in Northeast Syria that warrants attention, but how it was discovered
A cease-fire agreement in Syria may not be the turning point its international backers have claimed it is, says expert Noah Bonsey.
‘People are waiting for the international community to stop this war.’
Experts discuss U.S. policy options in Syria and the Middle East, along with possible outcomes of the upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva.
UN-mediated talks in Syria are jeopardized by disagreement over which opposition parties should participate, but a broader obstacle is whether a compromise over Bashar al-Assad’s future can be reached, says CFR’s Philip H. Gordon.
Experts analyze the current situation in the Middle East and discuss U.S. policy options toward Syria.
This resolution extends the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until 30 June 2016. Since 1974, UNDOF has monitored the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces.
The United Nations Security Council approved this resolution on December 18, 2015. The document provides a timeline for a ceasefire and a Syrian-led political transition. It also discusses how the UN will monitor political negotiations, provide humanitarian assistance, and fight terrorist groups in the region.
Philip Gordon, James Dobbins, and Jeffrey Martini make the case for decentralization in Syria based on an immediate cease-fire and international reinforcement.
Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon, James Dobbins, and Jeff Martini argue that the best path to peace in Syria starts with a ceasefire based on agreed zones of control, with political negotiations to follow.
Among Syrian refugees in Turkey, marriage is sometimes seen as the best option to keep daughters fed, alive and safe, by parents overwhelmed by life’s perils and its costs — but 15-year-old Asma has other plans.
Eric P. Schwartz discusses domestic reactions to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States.
I sat in the resort town of Izmir, Turkey, in a clean and dimly lit living room filled with eight children sporting sweet smiles and bare feet. They played and joked like children anywhere, except they were undernourished and underdressed for the biting winter chill that was pushing me to zip up my lined winter parka.
As Syrian refugee parents fight for food and their children's survival, the policy conversation happening in America could not feel more remote – or more off-base.
Of all the factors currently tearing the Middle East apart, none is more consequential than the war in Syria. Given the dire consequences of the status quo or military escalation, Philip Gordon outlines the best chance for de-escalating the conflict and achieving a cease-fire.
The late, great diplomat was right on Afghanistan. We should apply his wisdom to ISIS, too.
A defeat would have raised troubling questions in Washington about the Special Relationship, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Blackwill and Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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