Syrian Civil War

Sources and Solutions: Review of Van Dam’s Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria by Nikolaos van Dam does not give a blow-by-blow account of the war. Instead, it explains underpinning factors which shaped the course of the Syrian Civil War and offers potential solutions to the ongoing conflict.

Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East
Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East

War and religious conflict in the 1600s between Ottomans and Persians still have consequences for politics and beliefs in the Middle East today.

In the Interest of Humanity Humanitarian Intervention Syrian Civil War
In the Interest of Humanity

Determining when and where to serve “the interest of humanity” is not a science. In a broken world, American policymakers must seek the counsel of the heart and the head, aim for the achievable, and choose the least-bad option.

Europe’s Migration and Refugee Crisis: In Defense of Realistic Idealism
Europe’s Migration and Refugee Crisis: In Defense of Realistic Idealism

In light of Reinhold Niebuhr’s writings, a realistic idealism can provide a basic approach to the refugee and migration crisis in Europe.

What You Should Know About the Syria-Iran Alliance
What You Should Know About the Syria-Iran Alliance

Iran has spent billions of dollars a year propping up Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Why are the two regimes so close? Here’s what you should know about the Syria-Iran alliance.

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Compassion Fatigue is a Threat to America’s National Interests
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Compassion Fatigue is a Threat to America’s National Interests

The Syrian refugee crisis has reached historic proportions, and over 11 million Syrian refugees are in danger of suffering due to international compassion fatigue.

The Syrian Airstrike: Measured, Discriminate, & Just
The Syrian Airstrike: Measured, Discriminate, & Just

A necessary punitive act watched by China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia.

To End Another War: Safe Zones, Humanitarian Intervention, and American Interests
To End Another War: Safe Zones, Humanitarian Intervention, and American Interests

The Trump administration wasted little time in quelling fears of American isolationism last week when it announced its support for the creation of safe zones in Syria.

Indicted by His Own Words Obama Foreign Policy Syria Aleppo
Indicted by His Own Words

President Obama’s foreign policy would have been more understandable if he had never pretended to care, if he hadn’t talked like Vaclav Havel and then acted like Henry Kissinger.