Syria: Strike or Gutter Ball?

by Robert E. Hunter To borrow an old Washington saying, President Donald Trump now “owns Syria.” That would probably have been true anyway, but with the cruise missile attacks on the Shayrat air base, the conclusion is now inescapable. It… Continue Reading  

Tales of Russian Ascendancy in the Middle East Are Overblown

by Perry Cammack and Richard Sokolsky The Syrian ceasefire that began on December 29 is the latest diplomatic coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It remains to be seen whether this initiative, which builds on the momentum of earlier talks… Continue Reading  

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

by Robert E. Hunter The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has… Continue Reading  

No End to Syria’s Agony in Sight?

by Peter Jenkins, Sergey Batsanov, and James Watt   Where Syria is concerned, the fog of diplomacy has tended to be almost as thick as the fog of war. But earlier this month, through that fog, a cessation of hostilities… Continue Reading  

Why Has Tehran Allowed Russian Bombers to Use an Iranian Base?

by Mark N. Katz In a highly dramatic development, Russian bombers have begun using an Iranian base for bombing missions over Syria. Why Moscow would want to do this is clear: flight time to Syria is much shorter from northwestern Iran… Continue Reading