The head of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence Directorate says Bashar al-Assad was too soft.
In an interview, academic and activist Ziad Majed examines the destructive dynamics across the Middle East.
What American voters may have wrought in the Middle East.
On the eve of the U.S. election, Carnegie’s Maha Yahya explains what it may mean for the region.
Lebanon is about to get a new president, but don’t expect much.
Why we are likely to see more female jihadis in the future.
A safe zone is not a Turkish aim in Syria, but aid to opposition groups will continue.
Hillary Clinton may intervene more in Syria, but don’t assume she’s a hardened interventionist.
Donald Trump’s policies on Syria suggest he may favor Assad and has learned little about the country.
Why local tribal calculations will determine what happens outside Syria’s heartland.
The traditional tools of U.S. statecraft in the Middle East are wanting.
Syrian rebels are borrowing from the legacy of the Fighting Vanguard.
In an interview, Walid Joumblatt asks for more U.S. involvement in the Middle East and believes Bashar al-Assad will remain in power.
As a new UN humanitarian coordinator arrives in Damascus, calls for a debate over aid increase.
With Iranian and Russian support Assad seems to be winning in the areas that matter most to him.
Syria’s rebels are learning the disadvantages of being a proxy force.
Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria aims to secure the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s main smuggling and trade hub in northern Syria, but there may be other motives.
Recent airstrikes in Hasakah by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may signal a shift in strategy against Kurdish movements in Syria.
As it becomes possible to take stock of the situation in Manbij and a new administration moves in, the city will be seen as an important bellwether in the war against the Islamic State.
Competing forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo have managed to place each other under siege, likely prompting further fighting at great human cost.