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As the Trump–Putin summit made clear, U.S. policy in Syria has always been about grand strategy—never about what would actually help the people on the ground.
Aslı U. Bâli, Aziz Rana
Kurds—the largest stateless ethnic group in the world—can be found on all sides of an increasingly complex conflict that stretches across Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
Democratic forces persist amid brutal regime violence and sectarian conflict.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
The United States will lose the war for control of the Middle East.
Andrew J. Bacevich, Stephen Kinzer
Negotiations may ease the humanitarian crisis—while strengthening Assad.
Europe must accept that post-nationalism, by nature, is porous at its borders.
Fears of terrorism, and President Erdoğan’s rivalry with an exiled theologian, have become excuses for censorship and repression.
For anti-Assad rebels, a southern spring has become a kind of suicide bomb.
It is time for the United States to take responsibility for the war it encouraged in Syria.
Aziz Z. Huq
It creates more violent terrorists and leaves no one who can talk peace.
Alex de Waal
“Reports of the demise of Israeli-U.S. relations are not only premature, they’re just wrong.” It is hard to disagree.
The U.S. is responsible.
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