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Syria: is it time for the West to talk with Assad?

Saudi Arabia, Shi’ism and the Illusion of Reform – by Robert G. Rabil

Interview with Lebanon’s Minister of Refugee Affairs, Mouin Merhebi

Idlib: The Game Above the Game – by David W. Lesch

60 years after Iraq’s 1958 July 14 Revolution by Christopher Solomon

Winning in Syria and the Middle East – By David W. Lesch and Kamal Alam

Helsinki Meeting Does Little to Clarify America’s Syria Policy – By Joshua Landis 

The Think-Tanks Bark and the IRGC Moves On

Thoughts On Southern Syria

Israel’s Secret war for Syria’s Independence by Meir Zamir

It Would Have Been Preferable Not to Militarily Intervene in Syria – By Ambassador @nikolaosvandam

U.S. Involves itself Ever Deeper in Middle East with No Clear Strategic Interest – By Sam Farah

Iran in Syria: “Cognitive Empathy” and Interests

Turkey’s Afrin Operation Stokes Syrian Yazidi Fears and Fuels Displacement — by Sylvain Mercadier

The Last Thing the Middle East Needs Now Is Another War  – By Robert Rabil

Trump May Be Right – By David W. Lesch

Syria, Deterrence of Chemical Weapons and U.S. Policy in the Middle East – By Joshua Landis

Foreign intervention in Syria: Isn’t it time to admit that the war against the Syrian regime is lost? – By Nikolaos van Dam

Follow-Up and Correctives on Hashd al-Sha’bi Article

The Militias in Iraq, From Popular Mobilization to Political Interference

A Sustainable United States Policy for North Syria, the Kurds, Turkey and the Syrian Government – by Landis and Barber

US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey – By Joshua Landis 

Beit Jann: Myths and Reality

Assessing Nikaolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate – by Steven Heydemann

Syria: Who will win the future? – By Nikolaos van Dam

“No Justice for Khan Sheikhoun,” by Aron Lund

Who Will Usher the Middle East Into an Era of Peace? – By Sam Farah

What the KRG’s Loss of Kirkuk Means for Iraq

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States – by Joshua Landis

Minorities and the Kurdish Referendum—by Alda Benjamen

Will the U.S. Abandon the Kurds of Syria Once ISIS is Destroyed? by Landis, Itani, Simon

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part Two: Annexing Christian Lands

Mahdi al-Harati: a Libyan Force Multiplier

Iraqi Minorities Face a Dilemma in Kurdish Independence

Kurdish Independence and the Unheard Yazidi Voice — by Murad Ismael

KRG Targets Minorities Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Referendum — Part One: Exploiting the Yazidi Genocide

Unwinnable: Britain’s war in Afghanistan 2001-2014- by Tam Hussein

Who Gassed Khan Sheikhoun? The Investigation Begins

End of US Support for Syrian Rebels Sounds Death Knell for Attempt to Roll Back Iran & Russia in Syria – By Joshua Landis

Resolving Article 140: Settling the Issue of Iraq’s Disputed Territories Ahead of an Independence Referendum for Kurdistan

Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous – by Steven Simon

Farewell to Ibrahim “Abe” Soliman: A Syrian-American Who Worked for Peace between Syria and Israel – By Geoffrey Aronson

The End of the PKK in Sinjar? How the Hashd al-Sha’bi Can Help Resolve the Yazidi Genocide

China, the U.S, and the Future of the Middle East – By Sam Farah

Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Tam Hussein

Katibat Dir’ al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

Russia’s Escalation in Syria: Making It Tougher to Fight ISIS? – By Nicholas A. Heras

Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

Yes, Syrian Kurds Have Committed War Crimes – Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn Tamimi

The rise and fall of a CIA-backed rebel commander in Syria – by @ErikaSolomon

The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)

A Post-National Framework for Peace and Stability in the Middle East – by Sam Farah

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War – By Joshua Landis

DAM WARS: How Water Scarcity Helped Create ISIS – by Quentin de Pimodan

Kurdish Blockade of Sinjar Harms Yazidis: New HRW Report

Saraya Al-Tawheed: A Pro-Assad Druze Militia in Lebanon and Syria

China’s Interests in Syria and the Middle East – by Dr. Christina Lin

Aleppo and America’s Syria Policy – by Robert G. Rabil

Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a ‘Resistance’ in Eastern Syria

“Turkey’s Syria Intervention,” by Joshua Landis

Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara’

Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia

“Who is to blame for Syria’s nightmare?” By Ehsani2

“What the Rebel Loss of Aleppo Will Mean for Syria,” by Landis, Heras, Lund & Abdulhamid

“Educating Syrian Refugees in Turkey,” by Salih Yasun

“Why the Islamic State Is Losing, and Why It Still Hopes to Win”

“The Asad Petition of 1936: Bashar’s Grandfather Was Pro-Unionist,” By Stefan Winter

Dealing with Syria’s Foreign Fighters: A Liberal Conundrum

The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

General Gouraud: “Saladin, We’re Back!” Did He Really Say It?

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

A Day in The Life of The Jungle: Syrians Camped out in Calais

Liwa al-Jalil: A New Pro-Assad Palestinian Militia

Harakat al-Hawiya al-Arabiya al-Druziya: Defending Druze Identity in Suwayda’

The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

Liwa Dir’ al-Watan: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Damascus

Report on Mass Graves of Yazidis in Sinjar

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

“Regime-Change without State Collapse is Impossible in Syria,” Landis Interviewed by RT’s Sophie&Co

Media Maskirovka: Russia and the Free Syrian Army

“Russia’s Intervention in Syria – A View From the Past,” by Meir Zamir

Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous’ Assassination

The Doha Congress: Negotiating a Return of the Iraqi Baath Party?

The Assassination of Sheikh Abu Fahad al-Bal’ous: Context and Analysis

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

ISIS: A Caliphate of Torture and Rape

How to Understand Those 60 Trainees

Syrian Rebel Leader Subhi al-Refai on U.S. relations with Ahrar al-Sham

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah

“The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi,” By Tam Hussein

“Mohammad Nassif: The Shadow Man of the Syria-Iran Axis,” by Mohammad Ataie

The Iran-Syria Alliance: Sectarianism or Realpolitik? — by Mohammad Ataie

Syria in Limbo: Neither Reunification nor Partition Are Yet Possible

How Far is Hezbollah Willing to Go in Syria?

HRW: “ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape”

Review of “ISIS: The State of Terror”

The Kobani Model: Strengthening Kurdish-Arab Relations in Syria

Meet the Badris

Train-and-Equip: Fight for Pluralism in Syria

J.K. Gani’s “The Role of Ideology in Syrian-US Relations” — Reviewed by Julio Rivera

After Burning of Muaz al-Kasasbeh, Jordan & al-Azhar’s Gestures of Vengeance Will Not Heal

Book Review: ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam in Syria Joins The Islamic State?

Sample Concepts of a Christian-Shi’a Alliance in Iraq

The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?

Nusra’s Offensive in Idlib & its Attempt to Destroy Washington’s Allies. November 2014

A Visit to the Tomb of Hafez al-Asad

Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East – Interview with Danny Postel

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

IS Routs Peshmerga, Takes Control of Sinjar Mountains, Jeopardizes Yazidi Homeland

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns

The Six Words You Need to Know to Be a Successful Jihadi and Establish Your Own Caliphate

Joshua Landis & Robert Ford discuss Syria at Wilson Center event

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

“Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners,” by James McMichael

“Syria, Iraq and Lebanon: the new Af-Pak,” by Anno Bunnik

“Why Syria’s Assad heads to Geneva from a position of strength,” by Joshua Landis

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy

“Syrian Chemical Weapons & the Possibility of Ending the Civil War,” by William R Polk

Chemical Weapons and Responses; The Developing Story of Tripoli’s Bombing; Theories on Outcomes for Syria

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points

Problems for Syrians in Egypt; News from Kurdish North; Looting & Oil; Round-up

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

Round-up: News from the North, Changes to Opposition, Egypt, and a lot of Miscellany

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Vision of Syria’s Future

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies, Egypt Cuts Syria Ties

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

“The Turkish-Syrian Border Dispute: A View From the Past” – By Meir Zamir

Has the War Reached Lebanon? Meanwhile, Obama Updates War on Terror

Brotherhood Figures Block Yaqoubi’s Appointment, Post-Confirmation

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart?

Is Syria Like Iraq?

Oil Wars—Nusra’s Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban

Sorting out David Ignatius

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Lebanese Tension, Egyptian Chaos, Iraqi Memories… and all the news from Syria

“The Free Syrian Army Does Exist” by Koert Debeuf & Response by Aron Lund

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

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“Women: The Forgotten Victims” by Aida Dalati

“Syria’s Long Civil War” by Glenn Robinson

Is a Turkey-Syria conflict inevitable? – Inside Syria: Aljazeera

Syrian Kurdistan: Can it Make a Peaceful Transition?

Syria and the US – by Sami Moubayed – New Book

“The Hamas-Syrian Split, a Dilemma for Iran’s Palestinian Strategy,” By Mohammad Ataie

“Making the Maliki State in Iraq and the Reemergence of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri” By LTC Joel Rayburn

Will Sanctions Bring Down the Syrian Regime?

Opposition Parties Fight in Cairo; Feltman Claims Sanctions Effective and Assad’s Days Numbered, Eyes on Turkey

Qaddafi’s Death, Mazoot Prices, Opposition

The First Legally Binding Decision Against Syria Fails At the U.N. (By Ehsani)

Opposition National Council Formed; Opposition Gets Armed; Building Boom in Syria as Sanctions Bite;

Four of Syria’s Biggest Businessmen Hit with EU Sanctions as Anger and Fear Spread

“We Will Have to Eat Brown Bread,” Adib Mayaleh, Head of Syria’s Central Bank

Sanctions and Their Impact; The Opposition Forms Transitional Parliament

Baath Party Calls Emergency Meeting; Latakia; EU Weighs Broad Sanctions

“The US Won’t Use Force against Syria,” Chief of Staff Mike Mullen; Armed Gang Controversy

New Party Law Preserves Baath Power; Saudi – Iran – Turkey Vie For Syria

Syrian “National Salvation” Opposition Meeting in Istanbul: Opening Remarks and Mr Maleh (17 July 2011)

An interview with Bassam Alkadi, President of the Syrian Women Observatory

Syria Turns to Iraq to Preempt Damaging European Heavy Crude Boycott

Is Turkey a Shield? Assad to Speak about Reform on Monday

Syrian Opposition Meeting in Antalya: Day Two

The Opposition Meeting in Antalya (1 June 2011) First Impressions

Syrian Opposition to Meet in Turkey: May 31 – June 2

Obama to Assad: “Lead that transition, or get out of the way.”

Assad Sanctioned – What Can it Do for America?

Rami Makhlouf’s daily blasts Turkey; Draws MB link

US closer to declaring Assad’s rule in Syria illegitimate

The Man Who Wrote the Mehlis Report on Rafiq al-Hariri’s Murder Claims Third Witness was a “full-blown mythomaniac”

News Round Up (11 April 2011)

Duma; Turkey Hosts Musl. Brotherhood; Press Services; More

Ignatius Lesch, Seale, Tisdall, Khalaf, Fadel on Assad and Syria

Clinton Calls Bashar al-Assad a “Reformer” -Syria Lifts Emergency Law

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

Will Iranian Warships Through Suez Canal Change Balance of Power?

Chas Freeman on “The Passing of the Residual Elements of a Colonial Order”

Syrians Stay Home; Turkey Leads; US Loses Allies

Landis and Yakoubian on Egypt, Syria and Lebanon: Bloggingheads TV

Syrian Authorities Jubilant about Prospect of Mubarak’s Fall and Shifting Balance of Power in the Region

US Loses Lebanon, Worries about Losing Egypt; Tunisians Ask Feltman to Go Home

Lebanon Remains Hostage to the Arab-Israeli Conflict with US Blessing

Obama Trapped in Bush’s Lebanon War

Tape Two from New TV: Hariri Gives His Side of the Story

“The ‘Missing Dimension’: Britain’s Secret War against France in Syria and Lebanon, 1942–45,” by Meir Zamir

Saad Hariri Talking to Saddiq, a False witness; Why Tunisia Is Unlikely in Syria

Lebanon’s Return to Political Paralysis and Economic Stagnation

Ford Made Ambassador to Syria in Recess Appointment

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

Assad in France: “There is no peace process; Europe’s stance cannot remain tied to the US role”e

WikiLeaks: Saudi Proposed Arab Force to Invade Lebanon; Makhlouf Sanctions; Mughniya Murder

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