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Thinking through Intervention in Syria

Syria is one set-piece in a larger debate about US foreign policy after the Iraq War. Does the Middle East matter? What are the biggest threats to our future? Should America intervene to halt humanitarian disasters, or do principles of sovereignty and self-interest prevail?

Loser America?

Jesuit priest and author Thomas Reese wrote a Religion News Service column critical of the US missile strikes on Syria’s…

False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria - Chemical Weapons
False-Flag Conspiracy Theories are Wrong, and Trump Should Strike Syria

If Assad is permitted to continue employing chemical weapons with impunity, he will successfully normalize them. US forces, our allies, and civilians in the region and around the world will be in great danger of becoming victims of the same.

Syrian Christians Face a Grim Dilemma
Syrian Christians Face a Grim Dilemma

Bashar al-Assad’s regime has exploited Christians for years, and his government has effectively handed the country’s security to Shia militias that have shown little regard for Christians.

Obama’s Internationalist Moment: Review of HBO’s The Final Year
Obama’s Internationalist Moment: Review of HBO’s The Final Year

HBO’s The Final Year traverses the globe, from Africa to the Arctic, Havana to Hanoi, but it is in Syria where the cockfight personified by Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes climaxes. Indeed, President Obama claims that “on no other issue was there such a split” between them.

From Cyprus to Syria: Turkey’s Continued Invasions
From Cyprus to Syria: Turkey’s Continued Invasions

Turkey’s current invasion of Afrin, Syria, is similar to its invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.

Syria, War of All Against All
Syria, War of All Against All

So far, the United States has failed to articulate any clear strategy in Syria. It is not even clear who our allies are anymore.

Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria
Iran Ups the Stakes in Syria

For now, the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights remains the most important border in the Middle East—a veritable dam holding back the tidal wave of Iranian ambition.

Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds
Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds

In October of last year, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, liberated the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, who had proclaimed it to be the capital of its caliphate. Four months later, NATO member Turkey has opened a military campaign in the Syrian region Afrin against the same Kurds who led the fight against ISIS.