Syrian Civil War

Trump Reshuffles the Geopolitical Deck with Syria Pullout

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Protracted guerilla war, rebooted alliances, a resurgent ISIS, and humanitarian tragedy could all be in the cards.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

Turkey & Russia’s Détente Tested in Idlib

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Turkey-Russia cooperation is under strain as the Syrian regime intensifies its attempts to re-take the last major rebel stronghold in the 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.

Backgrounder: Hezbollah

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Examining Hezbollah, the paramilitary group at the heart of the Saudi-Iran contest for the Middle East.

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