For Turkey, changing course on Syria would be problematic and painful, but staying the course would be no less costly.
Russia and Iran are now trapped in a situation of mutual dependence where both stand to lose if the pact between Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus should fall apart.
Russia’s announcement of its withdrawal from Syria has surprised the international community and raised questions about the underlying calculations of the decision and the effect it may have on Syria’s future.
Choices in peacemaking terminology are often based on subtle differences and the political circumstances of various parties, particularly in the Syrian conflict.
A tenuous ceasefire has taken hold in Syria, but allegations of breaches, disparate motivations of outside actors, and local politics among rebel groups have already imperiled the agreement.
Although progress has been made toward a ceasefire in Syria, the road to a lasting solutions remains fraught with challenges.
While the Geneva III peace talks have been postponed, there is still hope that they will produce a framework for conflict management and the mitigation of Syrians’ horrific suffering.
Aron Lund, Editor of Syria in Crisis, looks back on events in Syria in 2015 through the site’s most popular posts.
The recent Syrian opposition conference in Riyadh has been met with cautious optimism, but questions remain about the role of a powerful Islamist group and Syria's Kurds.
With three Syrian opposition conferences underway at once, the most important one takes place in Riyadh where failure could prove disastrous and success could be a real step toward a political process.
Since the onset of the Russian intervention two months ago, has Vladimir Putin managed to turn the tide in Syria?
Following attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in multiple countries, Aron Lund interviews Charles Lister on Syria’s armed opposition and the threat posed by jihadi factions.
The new United Nations peace process for Syria will operate on two tracks with the hope of building the necessary critical mass to stem the violence.
A recently released statement by a large group of Syrian rebel factions seems to show some level of support for the peace process initiated by United Nations.
With the migrant crisis in Europe reaching new levels, Aron Lund interviews Mouaffaq Nyrabia on the war in Syria and the opposition’s relationship with the EU.
The road to a political agreement in Syria remains long and bumpy as the priorities of different actors continue to diverge widely.
Despite a newly unveiled plan to stem the violence in Syria, experts remain skeptical of the prospects for peace.
Despite significant involvement in Syria, Russia's ability to influence the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is more limited than it may appear.
With no discernible end or victor in sight, stateless violence and spheres of influence controlled by various factions may become the norm in Syria.
A wide coalition of Syrian rebel groups have announced that they will boycott political talks proposed by the United Nations. Aron Lund interviews Subhi al-Refai on these developments.