The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble

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by Reese Erlich When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.… Continue Reading  

A Sustainable US Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, and Damascus

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by Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber This article is a “part-two” to the previous article “U.S. Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey,” which warned that the United State’s decision to back Kurdish nationalism in Northern Syria in an uncompromising… Continue Reading  

America, Russia, and Syria’s Many Conflicts

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by Mark N. Katz Although it began in 2011 as a conflict between the Bashar al-Assad regime and its internal opponents, Syria has become an arena in which numerous conflicts are taking place simultaneously. Early on it became a conflict… Continue Reading  

A New Decision to Go to War in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar Behind a façade of continuity, the deployment of U.S. armed forces in Syria for the purposes that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described in a speech this week represents a departure from what such forces were… Continue Reading  

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey

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by Joshua Landis The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara is a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this.… Continue Reading