Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course

by International Crisis Group A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and… Continue Reading  

Baghdadi’s Alive, and So Is Islamic State’s Narrative

by Giorgio Cafiero On April 29, the so-called caliph of Islamic State (ISIS or IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, appeared in an 18-minute propaganda video published by Al Furqan media network. In his first public appearance since the summer of 2014,… Continue Reading  

The Trickiness of Syria’s Return to the Arab League

by Imad K. Harb The thirtieth regular summit of the League of Arab States that is scheduled for March 31 in Tunisia may have dodged a bullet by deciding not to consider Syria’s reinstatement to its seat. Many other issues… Continue Reading  

ISIS 3.0: The More Virulent Threat

by Richard Sindelar The Islamic State hasn’t been defeated. The most horrendous of terror organizations is not going anywhere, not for quite a while. The much-trumpeted fall of the Islamic State’s last town, Baghuz, in Syria is irrelevant in terms… Continue Reading  

The Future of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

by Gareth Smyth After a cold winter, spring has arrived with vigor in Lebanon, coating the mountains with the red, yellow, and blue of anemones, daisies, and lupines. Down on the coastal plain, garden centers enjoy a brisk business, with… Continue Reading