Syria

Argument

Too Big to Fall

Aleppo was the Syrian rebels’ first big prize. If Assad retakes it, is the war as good as over?

Hassan Hassan |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Report

The Islamic State Is the Newest Petrostate

The Islamic State, the world's richest terror group, is reaping millions of dollars a day from selling stolen oil to shady businessmen across the Middle East.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

A Foothold on the Euphrates, a Boot Heel on the Tigris

Before ISIS stomped Mosul and turned Iraq upside down, it slowly crushed its enemies to death in Raqqa.

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

Operation Lifeline Syria

Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.

Madeleine Albright |

Report

Losing the Lonely War

Suicide is becoming a crisis among people affected by Syria's protracted civil war -- and no one is talking about it.

Lauren Wolfe |

COLUMN

Doing Nothing Is Now out of the Question

Obama may finally have changed his calculus on Syria -- but is his plan for the U.S. to train rebels two years too late?

James Traub |

Argument

The Build-It-Yourself Bombs

Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to Syria.

Torie Rose DeGhett |

Argument

A Path to Peace in Syria

As President Bashar al-Assad’s officials reach out to contacts in the West, the differences between the regime and the opposition may be smaller than they first appeared.

David W. Lesch |

Argument

ISIS Is Dead, Long Live the Islamic State

Will the declaration of a new caliphate unite the world’s jihadists -- or tear them apart?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

COLUMN

Things Fall Apart. Except When They Don't.

A cohesive Iraqi state will always be a fiction. ISIS will shoot itself in the foot. And other important truths to guide U.S. policy in today’s increasingly turbulent Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Through Syria, Darkly

Will Assad agree to a political solution? Can ISIS be defeated? A sobering report from the latest PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

Argument

'Tonkinitis' in Iraq

The four horsemen of intervention in the Syria conflict are gathering steam. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Steven Simon |

COLUMN

Between Assad and a Hard Place

The people of the Middle East don't want extremists or Syria's president either. But they want Western meddling even less.

Bruce Stokes |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Everybody Loves Bashar

Why does the world's media see Bashar al-Assad as invulnerable and Vladimir Putin on the wane?

Kalev Leetaru |

Dispatch

Islam's Lawyers in Arms

Syria's jihad is awash with religious jurists. No wonder there's as much arguing as fighting.

Sam Heller |

Christian Caryl

Not So Happy In Iran

Iran’s ayatollahs are going nuts over a harmless video. But they’re not the first autocrats to obsess about the impact of popular culture.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

To Save Lives, or Not to Save Lives

The U.N. is debating whether it can legally defy Bashar al-Assad and deliver aid across Syria's borders. Meanwhile, millions of people are suffering.

Rachel Brandenburg |

Dispatch

The Biggest Losers

Meet the two hapless candidates running in Syria’s stage-managed farce of an election to confirm president-for-life Bashar al-Assad.

David Kenner |

Argument

Assad's Hollow Mandate

Syria's presidential election might be a farce -- but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous.

Steven Heydemann |

Argument

A Diplomatic Solution in Syria Is on Life Support

Here are seven pressure points that could revive it.

Maura Connelly |

Argument

A Tidal Wave of Trauma

From PTSD to depression, the war in Syria has spawned a massive mental health crisis -- and there are neither the doctors nor the money to stem its crushing effects.

Lauren Wolfe |