'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'
Inside the shadowy $4 million ransom payment to release two kidnapped Europeans in Syria.
It's hard to understand the scale and spread of killing in Syria, until you see this map.
Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.
We must rethink the way we’re dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis -- or risk militants winning hearts and minds.
Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.
The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.
For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.
How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?
From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.
Jihadists as possible forces of peace, Russia as a potential dealmaker, and other conclusions from the inaugural PeaceGame.
Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.
New information reveals why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War.
Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.
What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.
Can ordinary citizens armed with technology change the way we make and manage peace?
Why Syria must rein in unemployment, food prices, and corruption to ensure a stable future.
From Sudan to Bosnia, what history can teach us about how to manage negotiations between the Syrian regime and opposition.