Syrian Civil War

Mercenaries and the Wagner Group: What’s Old Is New Again

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Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit is an effective mix of old and new.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

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It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Work Unfinished: Peacebuilding and Sexual Violence

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Peace plans for long-running conflicts must include provisions for the survivors of sexual violence, and Syria is no exception.

Trump is Right on Syria

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It may be hard admit given the US president’s woeful foreign policy record, but Trump is right on Syria: it’s time for the United States to get out.

Washington’s Syria Dilemma: The Kurdish Issue

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The Kurdish issue is blocking the road out of Syria for the US government, and finding a resolution will be anything but easy.

As Islamic State Retreats, the Battle to Rebuild Is Only Beginning

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Large swathes of Iraq and Syria remain utterly devastated by the war with Islamic State.

The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East

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This year’s Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East explored regional security issues from the perspectives of experts from Iran, Syria, and Russia.

Russia Elbowing the U.S. Out of the Afghan Political Process?

Public Domain: Chinook Helocopter in Eastern Afghanistan by Michael L. Casteel, US Army, February 2007 (DOD 070205-A-9307C-001)

The Kremlin’s strategy of engaging with moderate elements of the Taliban is a potential win for Russia and a loss for the United States.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)

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Another attempt at Taliban talks in Afghanistan, Venezuela’s oil industry struggles to fulfil its contracts, and Turkey secures a YPG pullout from Manbij.

Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

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It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

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