CFR Staff

Alexander Decina

Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies


Don't Think of Syrian Opposition Groups as Moderates vs. Extreme,’” Defense One, October 6, 2017.

Is Russia Really with Assad in Syria? Defense One, July 19, 2017.

Making Syria Safe for Refugees: How to Head Off a Humanitarian Crisis, with Jesse Marks, Foreign Affairs, July 6, 2017.

Russia Must Bring Assad, Pragmatic Opposition to Table to Set Safe Zones, with Jesse Marks, Cipher Brief, June 11, 2017.

The Right Way to Confront Iran in Syria, with Jesse Marks, Defense One, June 5, 2017.

Can Russian Safe Zones Solve Syria? with Jesse Marks, Defense One, May 5, 2017.

Were Ignoring the Best Bad Option for Syria, Defense One, February 17, 2017.

Violently Ousting Assad Won’t Solve Anything in Syria, Defense One, August 26, 2016.

What the West Can Do about The Biggest Obstacle to Libyan Stability, Defense One, June 15, 2016.

Russia and Saudi Arabia Are Only Feigning Restraint in Syria, World Politics Review, May 26, 2016.

Libya's Unity Problem (and How the West Contributes), Foreign Affairs, April 29, 2016.

How to Play Putin’s Game in Syria, with Eugene Steinberg, National Interest, April 11, 2016.

The Syrian Ceasefire Shell Game, Daily Beast, March 1, 2016.

Saudi Troops to Syria? Bad Idea, Daily Beast, February 16, 2016.

Why Is Saudi Arabia Helping Irans Hardliners? Strife, January 21, 2016.

In Syria, What Obama Learned from Libya, Daily Beast, January 4, 2016.

Will the Saudis Let Us Beat ISIS? Daily Beast, December 15, 2015.

The Question of Limited Intervention in Syria: And Then What? Strife, October 26, 2015.

Salvaging Libyas Flawed Peace Deal, National Interest, October 16, 2015.

Lebanon's Garbage Protests vs. Sectarian Paralysis, National Interest, September 2, 2015.

Meet Syrias Fake Moderates, Defense One, July 30, 2015.

Libyan General Hifters Plan to Get American Support, National Interest, June 29, 2015.

Americas Dilemma: Juggling the Gulf-Iran Cold War, National Interest, July 17, 2015.

Whos Afraid of Negotiations? From the Potomac to the Euphrates,, March 25, 2015.