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April 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Nobody Knows Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a lectern

November 17, 2020

Syrian Civil War
Syria’s Revenge on the World Will Be a Second Wave of Coronavirus

The pandemic will soon magnify the threats festering in the Middle East’s longest-running war.

March 13, 2020

Syria
Syria Is Turkey’s Problem, Not America’s

The war in Idlib is a growing humanitarian crisis, a potential disaster for Ankara—and a problem that doesn’t bear on Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019.

August 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

April 19, 2018

Syria
Missile Strikes Are Not a Syria Strategy

Syria is likely to remain a broken country for years to come. The latest strikes did not change that reality.

Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

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.

December 3, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Has No Idea What He’s Doing in Syria

The Turkish president’s war will likely fail because he doesn’t know what he wants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 22 October 2019

December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

September 17, 2021

Europe
The Atlantic Alliance After Afghanistan

The transatlantic alliance is enjoying a period of restoration following the damage done by former U.S. President Donald Trump. But as the West’s messy exit from Afghanistan has made clear, the Unite…

President Macron leans over and points at President Biden at the NATO Summit in Brussels

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City