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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…

April 1, 2016

Syria
Who Is Bashar al-Assad?

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

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November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

November 5, 2019

Syria
Who’s Who in Northern Syria?

With Turkey’s latest military offensive, here’s a rundown of the different forces in the region.

October 28, 2019

Islamic State
Islamic State Leader’s Death Does Little to Ease Syria Concerns

A U.S. military operation that eliminated Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcome but fails to allay worries about the security vacuum caused by the removal of U.S. troops from northern …

October 17, 2019

Syria
The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal

President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally.

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October 14, 2019

Syria
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria

A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

A child inspects a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar el-Asaad at Arbin town in Damascus countryside, Syria July 21, 2015.

October 7, 2019

Syria
The Syrian Conflict Is About to Intensify

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal in northern Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion could revive the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, and signal the end of U.S. influe…

February 13, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
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…

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).

August 12, 2019

Sanctions
What Are Economic Sanctions?

For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism and conflict.

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