Britain's New Isolationism
September 09, 2013

Britain’s retreat from military intervention in Syria has no proud author. The parliamentary vote that apparently settled the matter was a humiliation for the Prime Minister but also a shock to those who humiliated him.

Congress is About to Blow a Negotiated Settlement in Syria
September 09, 2013

A vote by Congress to reject the resolution sought by President Barack Obama to authorize military force in Syria will add to the long list of unintended consequences already produced by bad policy choices on Syria.

Bashar al Assad's Surreal Apologia to Charlie Rose
September 09, 2013

The room in Damascus is clean, neat, symmetrical. The table has almost the exact circumference as a circle that it stands on in the regionally inflected rug.

Peace Feelers from Russia and Iran?
September 09, 2013

One underlying goal of American threats to attack Syria for its use of chemical weapons has been to move the parties in Syria toward a negotiated settlement.

Think Bashar al Assad Is Brutal? Meet His Family
September 08, 2013

In the late 1980s Patrick Seale wrote an excellent account of the al-Assad family—well before it was clear that Bashar, its bookish, quiet, second-oldest son, would one day lead the Syrian government in massacring its own people.

Here Is What a U.S. Attack on Syria Would Look Like
September 08, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack on his own people last month provoked President Barack Obama's use-of-force resolution in Congress, but if the United States should strike Syria, its goal probably will not be to blow up

John Kerry Says Syria's Moderate Rebels Are Rising. Here Is Why You Should Be Skeptical.
September 08, 2013

When pressed during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the goal of an American military strike against Bashar al Assad’s Syrian government would not merely be to punish him for his use of chem

No, Washington, Syria is Actually Not All About You
September 06, 2013

In today’s paper, The Washington Post writes that President Obama has “staked the credibility of the United States—and his presidency—on his call for a military operation.” In the Wall Street Journal, Bill Galston warned more darkly of the consequenc

Iran Tweets, and the World Gets Way Too Excited
September 06, 2013

Maybe the Jewish New Year really has ushered in the positive change it’s supposed to represent.

U.S. Strike on Syria: Good for Iran's President, Bad for the Hardliners
September 05, 2013

Following the recent chemical strikes in Damascus, some analysts began to focus on whether Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had the will or ability to change the Islamic Republic's policy toward Syria (see PolicyWatch 2123).