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November 6, 2017
What Russia’s Syria Intervention Tells Us About Its Interference in the US Election
Playing on ethnic and racial divisions has become a hallmark of crony-capitalist Russia.
September 20, 2017
Report From Dera’a, Cradle of the Syrian Revolution
Perhaps because the struggle began here, its spirit has been preserved in its purest form in the south, with a free press and thriving civil society.
Khaled al Zubi
August 16, 2017
Charlottesville: Is America Becoming the Middle East?
Our neo-imperial wars may be coming home to roost.
August 3, 2017
ISIS’s Days in Syria Are Numbered, but Does Trump Have More Wars to Fight There?
Both Damascus and Ankara are afraid Washington may establish a long-term military base in the Syrian Kurdish northeast.
June 28, 2017
Is the Saudi Boycott of Qatar Driving It into the Arms of Iran?
Saudi overreaching just might destroy the Gulf Cooperation Council—and strengthen Iran’s regional power.
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June 9, 2017
How Trump Is Inflaming the Middle East’s Proxy Wars
He has emboldened a recklessly aggressive Saudi government, which is now destroying Yemen, imposing a blockade on Qatar—and could even stumble into war with Iran.
June 8, 2017
ISIL Hits Tehran; Trump Blames Victim, Iran Hard-Liners Blame Saudis
ISIL uses terror to set people against one another, so by that standard, its attack on Iran may be more successful than the ones in Britain.
May 22, 2017
What Explains Trump’s Sharp About-Face on Saudi Arabia?
It has more than a little to do with the power of the Saudi lobby—as well as the administration’s deep hostility toward Iran.
May 15, 2017
In Tartous, Syria, Women Wear Black, Youth Are in Hiding, and Bitterness Grows
This Alawite city used to support the regime, but most now believe Assad cheated his own people by sending them into an endless, pointless war.
April 7, 2017
What Is It With US Presidents and Tomahawk Cruise-Missile Strikes?
Typically deployed symbolically by presidents facing domestic political troubles, they rarely have significant military effect.