After Al-Baghdadi’s Death, Media Failed to Ask Where ‘War on Terror’ Is Going

By Joshua Cho The death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October, during a raid by US special forces in Syria’s Idlib province, would have been an opportune time for US media to reflect on the 18-year-long “War on… Continue Reading  

Revolution from the Outside-In: The Periphery Has Taken Center Stage in the Arab Revolts of the 2010s

By Eian Katz It has become popular to frame the ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon as a revival of the Arab Spring. One thing that the present unrest undoubtedly shares in common with its 2011 progenitor is its expansive… Continue Reading  

REPORT – Women and Children First: Repatriating the Westerners Affiliated with ISIS

By International Crisis Group What’s new? Alongside the thousands of foreign fighters detained in north east Syria are thousands of non-Syrian children and women. Western governments have for months publicly wrestled with political and policy qualms about repatriating their nationals.… Continue Reading  

It’s Not Too Late for Rojava

By Edward Hunt As Turkey continues its devastating military assault on Rojava, the Kurdish-led region of northeastern Syria, officials in Washington are facing a critical decision: allow Turkey to prevail in its campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Kurds or take action to… Continue Reading  

Operation Peace Spring Is Europe’s Problem Too

By Tristan Ober Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, which Ankara launched on October 9, appears to have come to a halt. Compared to Russia’s role in resolving the crisis, involvement of the United States is far less prominent, underscoring the extent… Continue Reading