Syria

Argument

The Case of the Keystone Cossacks

Who sent a bunch of hapless Russian soldiers of fortune to go do battle in Syria?

Michael Weiss |

Reality Check

Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Nightmare on Syria Street

In Lebanon's northern capital, the Syrian civil war is being fought block by block.

Ty McCormick |

Exclusive

Why Has the U.N. Given Assad a Free Pass on Mass Murder?

Humanitarian workers chronicle Syria's suffering -- but withhold key details on who is at fault.

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

The Eye of the Storm

As the Syrian civil war bleeds into northern Iraq, a once-quiet oasis is brewing with tensions.

Sofia Barbarani |

Marc Lynch

The Entrepreneurs of Cynical Sectarianism

Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.

Marc Lynch |

Reality Check

Is Israel Doomed?

Why even dangerous demographics and the receding horizon of peace won't dim the lights in Jerusalem.

Aaron David Miller |

David Rothkopf

Waiting in the Wings

As America's star power dims, who will take center stage?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Interview

Pain Relief

UNHCR’s representative to Lebanon talks to Foreign Policy about the worsening refugee crisis that threatens to stretch the country to a breaking point.

Seyward Darby |

Dispatch

The Last Refugee Camp

Could the world's go-to strategy of warehousing the displaced finally be changing? 

Nicholas Seeley |

Report

Black Navy

Tracking the Iranian-backed fleet that’s fueling the Assad regime.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

Assad's War of Starvation

The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.

John F. Kerry |

Report

Biological Attack

Polio is back from the brink of extinction -- ravaging the battlefields of Syria and spreading across the Middle East.

Laurie Garrett |

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |

David Rothkopf

Sisyphus at the State Department

From Iran to Syria to Israel, can the United States keep pushing boulders up a hill?

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

Rising Up and Rising Down

In Syria's little town that could, the death and resurrection of the witty, profane campaign to show the world the tragedy of civil war.

Amal Hanano |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

At Sea

Smugglers, shipwrecks, and the harrowing, tragic journey of Syrian refugees trying to get to Sweden.

Sophia Jones |

Argument

One-Two Punch

Why Obama needs both Tehran and Moscow to make a deal in Syria.

Brian Katulis |

Argument

Al Qaeda's Syrian Strategy

Can Islamic jihadists win hearts and minds in the war against Assad?

Barak Barfi |

Dispatch

No Country for Anyone

The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.

Hania Mourtada |

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

By Other Means

The Failure of Impasse

From Vietnam to Syria, the appalling history of U.S. efforts to end wars by creating stalemate.

Rosa Brooks |

Terms of Engagement

'Everyone Is Scared of ISIS.'

Can anyone stop the radicalization of Syrian rebels?

James Traub |

Dispatch

The Fugitive

Meet Abu Omar: Al Qaeda busted him out of Abu Ghraib. Now he has gone to fight in Syria.

Harald Doornbos |

Micah Zenko

Threat of Failure

Does coercive diplomacy actually work? Don't let the popular narrative on Syria fool you.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

The World Hasn't Tackled Syria's Real WMD Nightmare

Forget the nerve gas. It's Assad's bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.

Leonard A. Cole |

Argument

Remember Cairo?

While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.

Shadi Hamid |