Syria

Dispatch

Blood Brothers

When Assad's horrific prisons were the CIA's dumping ground.

David Kenner |

Argument

Two Left Feet

Can Washington dance with Tehran when they're listening to different music?

Trita Parsi |

Argument

On Target

Could discussing humanitarian issues lead to disaster at the Geneva II talks?

Steven Heydemann |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

The Italian Job

Inside the shadowy $4 million ransom payment to release two kidnapped Europeans in Syria.

Harald Doornbos |

Map Room

Death March

It's hard to understand the scale and spread of killing in Syria, until you see this map.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Investigation

Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Breaking Syria's Reign of Terror

Are al Qaeda hard-liners finally on the run?

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Blowback in Cairo

The Syrian civil war has now reached the heart of Egypt.

David Barnett |

Dispatch

The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer

Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.

David Kenner |

Argument

The Power of Mediation

We must rethink the way we’re dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis -- or risk militants winning hearts and minds.

Sharon Morris |

Argument

Beirut’s Perfect Storm

Can anyone stop Lebanon's descent into chaos?

Patricio Asfura-Heim |

Dispatch

The Islamist Enemy of Our Islamist Enemy

Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.

Hania Mourtada |

COLUMN

The Middle East Channel’s Best of 2013

The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Putinology

Putin’s Mediterranean Move

The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

The Year of Living Hegemonically

How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Marc Lynch

The Political Science of Syria's War

From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Debrief

Jihadists as possible forces of peace, Russia as a potential dealmaker, and other conclusions from the inaugural PeaceGame.

Kristin Lord |

Argument

Stolen History

Why should we care about saving Syria's antiquities?

Mark Vlasic |

Terms of Engagement

The Syrian Game-Changer

Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.

James Traub |

Argument

Our Red Lines and Theirs

New information reveals why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War.

Benjamin Buch |

Marc Lynch

The Dark List

Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire

What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.

Eliot Higgins |

In Box

The Middle-Class Syrian Refugee

What do you carry when you've left a life behind?

Bryan Denton |

Feature

Far From the Madding Crowd

Can ordinary citizens armed with technology change the way we make and manage peace?

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Feature

Peace Economics

Why Syria must rein in unemployment, food prices, and corruption to ensure a stable future.

Ethan Kapstein |

Feature

Debate Lessons

From Sudan to Bosnia, what history can teach us about how to manage negotiations between the Syrian regime and opposition.

Pamela Aall |

Feature

Rift Removal

Why cooperation and coordination are the political keys to ending the Syrian crisis.

William B. Taylor |