How can we protect Syria’s civilians against the Damascus regime?

Syrian girls walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in rebel-held Aleppo in 2015 (Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via Flickr)

by Gilles Dorronsoro By no stretch of the imagination does the Western bombing of Syria following the chemical weapons attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime on its people constitute a sufficient or proportional response to this crime. Nevertheless, it is legitimate… Continue Reading  

What to do in Syria

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are no good options left in Syria. The recent chemical attack in Douma and the response by the United States, United Kingdom, and France to that attack highlighted this point. The attack by the three Western… Continue Reading  

Moscow and the U.S.-led Attack on Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Mark N. Katz Many observers have already pointed out how the latest U.S.-British-French attack on three of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons facilities has not done much to harm the Assad regime. Indeed, it has not even ended Assad’s… Continue Reading  

President Trump, Remove Assad From Power, or You’re Just Like Obama

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by Emile Nakhleh In response to the “barbaric” chemical attack by the “animal” Assad on Douma, a suburb of Damascus, over the weekend, President Donald Trump has promised that Assad and his patrons Russia and Iran would pay a “big… Continue Reading  

The Syrian Timebomb is Ticking More Loudly

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin

by Robert E. Hunter The conflict in Syria could soon take on dimensions that no one outside of that country really wants and with consequences that will have destructive effects far beyond the local issues at stake, notably intensifying US-Russian… Continue Reading