Did Assad Really Use Chemical Weapons in Douma?

by Helena Cobban [Ed. note: This story has been updated with additional information below.] Last month, a network of UK-based academics challenged allegations—which the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) officially corroborated on March 1—that the Syrian government… Continue Reading  

More Bombs in Syria is Not the Solution

by Kate Kizer In Idlib, civilians prepare for a chemical attack by fashioning gas masks out of paper cups and plastic bags. Should the Syrian government initiate such an attack, Trump’s response is predictable. His White House has twice elected… Continue Reading  

After Syria Strike, Showdown Looms over Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

by Shemuel Meir Western powers made good on their warning to the Assad regime on April 14, 2018, and attacked the production and storage sites of the chemical weapons in his possession. The coordinated, wide-ranging operation by the United States,… Continue Reading  

Trump Shoots, the Rest of Us Ask Questions

by Derek Davison Late Friday evening in Washington (Saturday morning in Syria), U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States, Great Britain, and France had launched joint airstrikes in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical… Continue Reading  

Don’t Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal

 by Tytti Erästö and Sina Azodi  One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent… Continue Reading