Can the Turkey-Russia Agreement Help Syrians End Their Civil War?

By Helena Cobban The United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, recently expressed confidence that the Syrian Constitutional Committee (SCC), a key gathering of representatives of the country’s government, opposition, and civil society, can convene as planned in Geneva,… Continue Reading  

The Sochi Agreement And Its Implications

By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On October 22, coinciding with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s stinging criticism of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “thief” who “is today stealing our land,” an “excellent agreement” was reached between Erdogan and the Russian… Continue Reading  

How To Be A Real Friend Of The Kurds

by Eldar Mamedov It is a well-known truism that politics often makes strange bedfellows. One of the latest examples is a budding alliance between the leftist Kurds, or at least organizations claiming to represent them, and the neoconservative hawks in… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Endless Wars

by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes. But like the old saw about the weather,… Continue Reading  

Foreign Correspondent: Trump Blows it Big Time in Syria

by Reese Erlich In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has managed to create a massive and avoidable crisis in Syria. By greenlighting the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, Trump’s policy forced more than 160,000 Syrians to flee their… Continue Reading