Syrian Civil War

Historical Holocaust: Daesh’s Lasting Legacy

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Daesh’s wanton destruction of cultural relics helped fray the national fabric of countries like Syria and Iraq. It’s now up to the international community to help mend them.

Global Forecast (09-14-2017)

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The Astana Talks go in search of a long-term ceasefire for the Syrian civil war, Kenya prepares for a rerun of its presidential elections, and the Chinese economy loses some steam.

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: Middle East

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The geopolitical world order is being remade under President Trump, but not necessarily in the way he intends. This series takes a region-by-region look at US foreign policy and asks: What does the decline of US power and influence mean for the world?

Backgrounder: Russian Sanctions

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The past, present, and future of US-EU sanctions and their impact on the Russian economy.

Turkey-Russia Relations: Close, but Not Too Close

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Ankara and Moscow have found a common cause in the Syrian civil war, but geopolitical disagreements in the South Caucuses and beyond will thwart too close of a détente.

Backgrounder: Qatar Crisis

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The Saudi and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar has been a long time coming.

Turkey Remade in President Erdogan’s Image

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President Erdogan’s long-sought constitutional changes have passed by the narrowest of margins. What comes next for Turkey?

Going Mainstream: Trump’s Reckless Reversal on Syria

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Trump’s attack on Syria sets the United States on a dangerous course while raising questions about who’s really in charge in Washington.

Chemical Attack a Game-Changer in Syrian Civil War

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An apparent chemical attack by the Assad government has thrown a wrench into President Trump’s plans to wind down the Syrian civil war.

Tillerson’s Visit Shows Rift in US-Turkey Relations

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The United States’ reluctant and largely invisible secretary of state made no apparent progress in his stop in Turkey.

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