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April 1, 2016

Syria
Play RTX27VZ6_EC.jpg Who Is Bashar al-Assad?

Experts analyze the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policy choices of Syria's President Bashar-al Assad.

August 1, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Degrading Bashar’s Air Power is Possible

Is there anything the United States can do to slow or stop the recent advances being made by Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, who are getting valuable help from Iranian and Hezbollah troops? Unfor…

November 11, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Remembering Hafez al-Assad Remembering Hafez al-Assad

Syrian president Hafez al-Assad celebrates his 28th anniversary in power in November 1998 (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). Sunday, November 13, marks the 41st anniversary of Hafez al-Assad’s sei…

February 13, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
An empty chair for Syria is seen during the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on February 12, 2012.Arab states will end an Arab observer mission to Syria and call on the UN Security Council to send an international peacekeeping force to end violence there (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy Reuters). The Arab League Doubles Down Against Bashar

The Arab League’s moves against Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime yesterday are striking, coming on the heels of Russia and China’s veto of a Security Council resolution condemning Syria the week befor…

January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…

January 19, 2018

Russia
Reuters Containing Russia, Again: An Adversary Attacked the United States—It’s Time to Respond

The United States must respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 elections by pursuing a strategy of containment. Without a comprehensive response, Russia's meddling will continue.

December 22, 2017

Global
seven stories to watch Seven Foreign Policy Stories to Watch in 2018

Two thousand seventeen had its fair share of big news stories. The same will be true of 2018. Some of those stories undoubtedly will be a surprise. Not many experts were warning a year ago of impendi…

November 17, 2017

Lebanon
King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

October 2, 2017

Syria
Idlib Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria: Making Things Better or Worse?

Syria’s conflict just got more tangled, but there’s some hope in the deal struck by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

September 7, 2017

International Organizations
United Nations Security Council The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.