Syria’s Kurdish parties have an unprecedented opportunity to establish political autonomy, but internal rivalries and the dividing influence of regional patrons could stand in the way.
Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Egypt have become a pawn in the government's fight against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood is trying to gain influence in the conflict by establishing an armed wing—the effort might enhance its profile in the short term but carries big risks in the longer run.
Syria may be Israel’s enemy, but its civil war ushers in greater threats.
A prolonged conflict in Syria may be the best way to ensure Israel's security.
In the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster, Muslim Brotherhood offshoots across the region seek to distance themselves from the “mother” organization—yet they all face the same fundamental challenges.
As the Syrian crisis continues, Jabhat al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq may form a cross-border zone between Iraq and Syria that could threaten regional stability.
Women’s influence has been increasing in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, but they will have to compete with the Qubaysiyat.
The return of foreign jihadis currently fighting in Syria will have significant security implications for their home countries and the region.
Who are the jihadis in Syria—and where are they coming from?
In the lee of the struggle for Syria, the PKK comes back in from the cold.
Outreach to leaders on the ground is essential for ensuring the country's stability after Assad’s fall.
The political opposition has failed to address the issue of Syria's economic reconstruction—a debate that will define the country's character and future.
What are the origins of the country’s sectarian divisions—and why are they coming into play?
Ilhan Tanir writes firsthand on the efforts of Syrian towns to self-govern after driving out regime forces.
Would focusing on transition (not regime change) bring the Russians back to the table over Syria?
The struggle for power within the Arab media is ongoing, with a generation gap that is widening by the day.
Most Lebanese expect the army to play a stabilizing role should the country experience spillover effects from continued popular unrest in Syria. However, Lebanon’s political forces are increasingly competing to penetrate the army and shape its orientation, undermining its relative independence from sectarian politics.
With the United States and Europe only half-willing, the international community is incapable of stopping human rights violations in Syria or even helping the opposition.
Syria’s relative lack of civil society freedom might insulate its government from Egyptian style demonstrations for now, while the greater level of contact between the regime and society might protect it from a rebellion akin to Libya’s.