Talking Points: Why We Shouldn’t Attack Syria

Talking Points: Why We Shouldn’t Attack Syria

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – PRINT FORMAT THE CHOICE IS NOT WAR OR NOTHING: WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS We can call for a second UN weapons inspection team, to determine who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack. We can recommend that whoever is found...
Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

The worsening violence and repression in Syria has left policymakers scrambling to think of ways the United States could help end the bloodshed and support those seeking to dislodge the Assad regime. The desperate desire to “do something” has led to...
Turkey Haunted by Hubris

Turkey Haunted by Hubris

Two years ago, Turkey was on its way to being a player in Central Asia, a major power broker in the Middle East, and a driving force in international politics. It had made peace with its regional rivals, partnered with Brazil to take a serious stab at a peaceful...
Postcard from Hatay

Postcard from Hatay

Locals say there are two types of camps for Syrians in Southeast Turkey—those for the refugees and those for the so-called opposition fighters. My Turkish colleagues and I drove to both kinds of camps, each located near the ancient polyglot province of Hatay, a...
Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets on Assad

Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets on Assad

When the Arab Awakening began last year, Hezbollah’s leadership expressed solidarity with revolutionary movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain. However, this support was not extended to those demanding political reform in neighboring Syria. This...
Syria and the Dogs of War

Syria and the Dogs of War

Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war;That this foul deed shall smell above the earthWith carrion men, groaning for burial Julius CaesarAct 3, scene 1William Shakespeare “Blood and destruction,” “dreadful objects,” and...
Who Will Govern Syrian Kurdistan?

Who Will Govern Syrian Kurdistan?

Last month, as the Free Syrian Army took over areas of the Syrian-Turkish border, a power vacuum emerged in northeastern Syria. It was not the Free Syrian Army that filled the vacuum, but instead the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the most heavily armed...
Syria’s Sectarian Echoes in Turkey

Syria’s Sectarian Echoes in Turkey

Shortly after the turn of the century, the newly ensconced Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayep Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad steered Turkish-Syrian relations in a new direction. Old animosities that defined the historically tense bilateral relationship...
Will Syria Cause a Divorce Between Iran and Turkey?

Will Syria Cause a Divorce Between Iran and Turkey?

Turkey and Iran are two of the Middle East’s oldest and most powerful states. Both aspire to play a greater role in a new regional order. Major geopolitical developments in the Middle East – the rise of Kurdish nationalism, the destruction of Saddam...
Syria: America vs. Israel?

Syria: America vs. Israel?

The “Arab Spring” reached Syria in March 2011 when Syrian intellectuals, students, and union leaders appeared on the streets to demand greater transparency, political liberalization, and economic reforms. Although they did not participate in the initial...
Adding Fuel to Syria’s Fire

Adding Fuel to Syria’s Fire

Despite the widespread international denunciation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the government in Damascus continues to crack down hard on the country’s growing domestic opposition. “They are moving in a direction that completely shows that they are...