October 10, 2013
The Syrian city of Aleppo briefly regained access to the Internet yesterday, ending an information blackout that lasted well over a month.
Obama Just Made a Terrible Mistake on Egypt
October 09, 2013
In a certain sense, the Obama administration’s decision to withhold much of the $1.3 billion in annual aid given to Egypt isn’t surprising. U.S.
Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
October 08, 2013
What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013
Putin Wonders, Why Do Gays Have All the Luck?
September 19, 2013
Because we haven't spent enough time plumbing the depths of the psyche of Vladimir Putin this month, he offers us more diagnostic fodder. Speaking at the international conference at Valdai, Russia—which, if we're honest, is just a glorified session o
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.
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).
Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013
As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.
President Obama Should Heed What Senator Obama Said About Authorizing Military Action
August 28, 2013
I have a pretty broad view of presidential power to use military force abroad without congressional authorization.
The Assad Loyalists who Might Still Crack
August 23, 2013
The regime's cadres have held together through two years of war, and they will likely continue doing so unless Washington and its allies present them with a stark choice: leave and live, or stay and die.
How Obama Should Respond to Syria's Alleged Chemical Attack
August 22, 2013
U.S. backsliding on red lines regarding Syrian chemical weapons only encourages the Assad regime to make choices that increase the likelihood of direct U.S. intervention.