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March 29, 2012

United States
Abandoning Syria

With 9,000 Syrians dead and the Assad regime increasingly isolated and under political, moral, military assault, it appears that the Obama Administration has made its choice: it is abandoning efforts…

July 25, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Bombing Hospitals in Syria

The Washington Post reported that the Assad regime, continuing its reign of terror, bombed four hospitals in Aleppo yesterday. Here is a part of the Post report:   A relative calm in the nor…

October 2, 2017

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 2, 2015

Putin in Syria

Most Americans are aware of the aggressive Russian actions in recent years in Ukraine (seizing Crimea and participating in efforts to destabilize the rest of the country) and Eastern Europe. What is …

September 8, 2017

Israel's Bombing of a Weapons Factory in Syria: What Comes Next?

This week Israel bombed a site in Syria, from Lebanese air space. This was the so-called Scientific Studies and Researchers Center in Masyaf, a city in central Syria, and it was hit because it is a m…

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
TrumpSaudi Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

August 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
More Chemical Weapons in Syria

The Assad regime continues to attack its own population with chemical weapons. The weapon now is chlorine gas, the very thing outlawed after its use in World War I. Here is Reuters:   A Syri…

January 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Haunted by Syria?

"When the history of the Obama administration is written, there will be a long and damaging chapter on its immense humanitarian and strategic failure in Syria. With three years of Obama yet to come, …

February 24, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Syria Delusions, Round Two

In 2012, the group that is supposed to be the senior national security team--the secretary of state (Hillary Clinton), secretary of defense (Leon Panetta), and CIA director (David Petraeus)--urged Pr…

September 18, 2013

United States
McCain on Syria

Senator John McCain spoke about Syria yesterday here at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. His remarks are the best explanation of the American interests at stake and the best critique o…