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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

July 1, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Biden’s Vaccination Goal Nears, UNSC Votes on Syria Aid Pipeline, and More

The deadline for President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans passes, the UN Security Council votes to maintain aid deliveries between Turkey and Syria, and the world marks UFO D…

Podcast Internally displaced Syrian children are pictured at a camp, in northern Aleppo near the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria February 17, 2021. Picture taken February 17, 2021.

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

April 28, 2021

Israel
More Iranian Missiles to Syria: A Problem that a "Working Group" Cannot Solve

Russia protects the shipment of precision guided missiles to Iranian proxies

March 26, 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.

March 11, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Somber Anniversary, ‘Quad’ Leaders Meet Virtually, and More

Syrians mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the civil war; leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States convene virtually for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue; and the United…

Podcast A Syrian woman and child walk down a destroyed street as civilians and rebels prepare to evacuate one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Arbin, in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 24, 2018.

October 19, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Martin Indyk

Martin Indyk discusses his new book, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy. A perceptive and provocative history of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic negotiations in the…

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June 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Can Syria’s Assad Regime Survive a New Wave of Threats?

New U.S. sanctions under the Caesar Act could compound the economic turmoil threatening to undo the Assad regime.

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.