Regions / Syria
When it came to race, climate, or diplomacy, Obama was like a visitor from the future. On trade and intervention, however, he was often stuck in the past.
For all its shortcomings, Obama’s seemingly improvised Syria strategy has taken advantage of unexpected opportunities. This could be the latest.
Obama officials have repeatedly expressed a commitment to killing large numbers of ISIS fighters. Will Trump take it even further?
When states dream, is Syria their nightmare?
The Obama administration's strategy includes arming the opposition forces just enough to keep them fighting Assad, but not enough for them to overthrow the government.
The U.S. responded to a barbaric attack that killed 3,000 U.S. civilians with an ongoing barbaric air campaign of their own that's since produced “towers” of dead civilians in the Greater Middle East and Africa.
Problems with Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Donald Trump could tear the rickety alliance apart at the seams.
Shifting alignments in the aftermath of the failed coup could bring peace to Yemen and Syria—but only if regional leaders can agree on some rules.
As refugees take the Olympic stage, the wars that sent them running for their lives continue apace.
Russia’s attempts to keep Islamist extremism at bay will only backfire.