Obama Crosses His Own Red Line
The president turns a blind eye to Syria's use of chemical weapons
April 18, 2013

Obama has a problem. On August 20, 2012, he declared that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian dictator is his “red line.” It appears that in March a chemical weapon was used in Khan al-Asal in the province of Aleppo. The game is on. 

Welcome to Phase Three of the Arab Spring
Islamists are waning in the Arab world. But will Obama notice?
February 22, 2013

Islamists are waning in the Arab world. But will Obama notice?

Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Israel and the Palestinians
February 15, 2013

The fence along Israel's border with Syria will help to protect Israel. What could go wrong with that?

Recognizing Disaster: Please, Mr. President, Don’t Intervene in Syria
December 14, 2012

When it comes to the grueling civil war in Syria, it's been a while since the relevant question was whether the regime of Bashar Assad would fall. It's only a matter of time until it does. The more pressing policy choice has been whether the United States would actively hasten its demise.

Romney Plays Reagan — And Does Well Enough
October 23, 2012

The candidates spent almost no time debating the substance of foreign policy.

The Battle for Aleppo

A photo essay from an inconvenient war.

Turkey's Prime Minister Wants War in Syria. Turks Don't.
October 18, 2012

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks tough when it comes to Syria -- and Turkish liberals are pushing back.

Dante’s Vita Nova
October 05, 2012

What happens when you try to translate Dante's poetry into "contemporary American English"

How Sectarianism Blinds the Shia to the Horrors of Syria
October 05, 2012

The Syrian rebellion is exposing a dangerous contradiction in the Shia of the Middle East. Why are the victims supporting the victimizers?

How the Arab Spring Killed Hezbollah
September 20, 2012

Hezbollah's journey from militant resistance movement to flailing establishment power center.