U.S.-Turkish Agreement on Syria Remains Challenge

by Joe Macaron US officials appear to be overselling a potential deal with Turkey on establishing a “safe zone” in northeastern Syria, one they hope could peel Ankara away from Moscow. However, this approach might accelerate the confrontation between Turkish… Continue Reading  

Iraq Proposes “Pay-To-Prosecute” for IS Foreign Fighters

by Joe Stork Somewhere between 800 and 900 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters captured in Syria are reportedly neither Syrian nor Iraqi, and the question of what to do with them has become something of a political football. The… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration Is Buying Time in Syria

by Joe Macaron In the past two months, US officials have been baffled by how to spin President Donald Trump’s hasty decision last December to withdraw US forces from Syria. Once again, they were unable to come up with an… Continue Reading  

What Happens Now in Syria?

by Derek Davison The Syrian civil war is at something of a crossroads. With the Syrian government having secured the area around Damascus its attention now seems to be turning to both Idlib province in northwestern Syria and Daraa province… Continue Reading  

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey

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