Syria News

Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
"It seems Russian bombers are back, and this time not for show, but to demonstrate the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes," writes Michael Kofman.

Wilson Perspectives: Implications of the Paris Attacks

Nov 19, 2015
The recent terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Sinai are profound tragedies and have massive security and economic consequences around the world. With a broad focus on global issues and deep expertise in key regions, the Wilson Center is uniquely positioned to provide a wide-angle view. In this publication of original essays by Wilson Center experts representing every corner of the globe, we work to give context to breaking news. As the story continues to unfold, our analysts will update this collection with new perspectives on the key emerging issues. In trying times, we hope you find our insights useful.

Paris, and Turkish Policy in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
The Paris attacks have not only undermined Turkey’s position on a number of fronts—including the Syrian conflict, U.S. demands for a more aggressive position on the Islamic State, collaboration with Syrian Kurds, and the refugee crisis—but have also eclipsed President Erdogan’s plans to showcase his and Turkey’s growing influence at the recent G20 meeting in Anatalya.

U.S. Strategy Toward the Islamic State

Nov 19, 2015
President Obama’s post-Paris response to the threat posed by the Islamic State reflects his awareness of the contradictions of the capabilities and interests of America’s regional partners and allies, which continue to complicate U.S. strategic considerations in the region.

The ISIS Primer

Nov 19, 2015

The Case for Accepting Syrian Refugees

Nov 18, 2015
The U.S. vetting system is strong, and so is the American tradition of welcoming the oppressed.

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

Turkey’s Election Recap

Nov 10, 2015
In what was a surprise to most, Turkey’s elections resulted in a decisive win for the ruling party.

Takeaways From the Russian Jet Downed Over Egypt

Nov 09, 2015
"A rethinking of U.S. policy in Syria may yet come. Right now, the downing of this Russian jet feels less like a transformative event and more like another twist in the long war against jihadi terrorism–and a reminder that, 14 years after 9/11, terrorist threats to commercial aviation remain real and terrifying," writes Aaron David Miller.

Turkey’s Elections, the Syrian Crisis, and the US

Nov 04, 2015
Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?