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January 16, 2014

Syria
Looking Toward Geneva II on Syria

If the Geneva II conference on Syria takes place as scheduled next week, its best outcome would be a green light from Assad’s regime for greater humanitarian relief, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

September 4, 2013

Syria
How to Weaken the Assad Regime

The United States should cripple the Syrian government’s ability to kill masses of its own people and openly intensify its support to opposition forces, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

May 14, 2013

Syria
The Hard Road to Syrian Peace

The odds of a peaceful power transition emerging from another summit on the Syria crisis are poor, but the U.S.-Russian push for renewed diplomacy is still worthwhile, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

October 20, 2014

Syria
Are U.S. Ground Troops Headed to Syria?

Without a capable military partner on the ground, the United States and its allies will likely consider introducing special forces in the battle against ISIS, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

October 26, 2021

Germany
The Life and Legacy of Angela Merkel

Panelists discuss the life and career of Angela Merkel and the future of U.S.-German relations and the larger transatlantic alliance.

Play Joe Biden and Angela Merkel walk together at the White House

August 15, 2018

Libya
Can Libya’s Divisions Be Healed?

The Islamic State has been nearly defeated and migrant crossings to Europe have declined, so why is Libya’s state failure so troubling?

Libya

September 14, 2018

South Sudan
Global Conflict This Week: South Sudan Peace Deal Signed

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Internally displaced people in South Sudan

February 19, 2008

Elections and Voting
Grare: Pakistan Facing Period of ‘Governmental Instability’

Frederic Grare, a French expert on South Asia, says Pakistan faces a period of instability as the leading opposition parties ponder whether to impeach President Pervez Musharraf and how to apportion …

June 26, 2015

Iran
Obama on Iran and Syria: See No Evil

The slaughter in Syria and the awful human rights violations in Iran cannot be denied by the Obama administration, but they sure can be downplayed and ignored. On the Iran point, consider the releas…