Islamic State: Apocalypse Postponed?


by Derek Davison When the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) began publishing an online magazine in 2014, it named the new publication Dabiq, after the north Syrian town by the same name, which ISIS captured later that same year. The… Continue Reading  

American Military Intervention Can’t Save Syria


by Rajan Menon The New York Times appears to have experienced an epiphany of the obvious on Syria. On October 6, its op-ed page ran a piece by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, both former members of President Obama’s National… Continue Reading  

The Latest Syrian Ceasefire


by Derek Davison Raising hopes for an end to, or at least a pause in, the devastating Syrian civil war, a ceasefire negotiated last week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went into… Continue Reading