Before ISIS stomped Mosul and turned Iraq upside down, it slowly crushed its enemies to death in Raqqa.
Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.
Suicide is becoming a crisis among people affected by Syria's protracted civil war -- and no one is talking about it.
Obama may finally have changed his calculus on Syria -- but is his plan for the U.S. to train rebels two years too late?
Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to 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.
Will the declaration of a new caliphate unite the world’s jihadists -- or tear them apart?
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.
Will Assad agree to a political solution? Can ISIS be defeated? A sobering report from the latest PeaceGame.
The four horsemen of intervention in the Syria conflict are gathering steam. Here’s why they’re wrong.
The people of the Middle East don't want extremists or Syria's president either. But they want Western meddling even less.
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.
Why does the world's media see Bashar al-Assad as invulnerable and Vladimir Putin on the wane?
Syria's jihad is awash with religious jurists. No wonder there's as much arguing as fighting.
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.
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.
Meet the two hapless candidates running in Syria’s stage-managed farce of an election to confirm president-for-life Bashar al-Assad.
Syria's presidential election might be a farce -- but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous.
Here are seven pressure points that could revive it.
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.
From Ukraine to Syria, is Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacy already doomed?
As the Syrian war rages next door, an unlikely alliance between Hezbollah and the U.S.-funded Lebanese security forces is keeping the violence at bay.