With its role in Syria, Russia has presented itself as an alternative security manager in the Middle East—but Moscow is discovering that getting into the region is far easier than getting out.
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Turkey’s Referendum Pushes Country Toward Authoritarianism, Attack Targets Civilians in Syrian Ceasefire Deal, New U.S. Escalation in Yemen Takes Shape
Erdogan finally gets his constitutional reforms, Tillerson can’t convince Russia to give up Assad, and State Department officials are wary of the Pentagon’s plan for Yemen.
Donald Trump's strike in Syria may prove effective—if he can resist the temptations of mission creep.
This special Readings post on the conflict in Syria comes from The Onion.
Rather than help curtail the slaughter and pave the way for serious peace talks, limited strikes risk re-empowering Assad while undermining the credibility of President Trump.
Those proposing an erosion of the U.N. Charter system in response to the Syrian airstrikes need to consider carefully whether the international legal system is strong enough to make nuanced use-of-force distinctions.
Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages about Syria Strike, Christians Targeted in Egypt, and a New Proposal for Libya
The Trump administration can’t agree on what its missile strike in Syria means, Christians have lost faith in Sisi’s promises to protect them, and a contender for the Libya envoy job offers an Ottoman-era proposal.
To those frustrated with the Syrian atrocities, the inability to legally justify an intervention under the traditional use of force construct is an unconscionable result. But we ignore the wisdom underlying the UN Charter at our own peril.
For the Chinese government, no principle of international law is more sacrosanct than non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states. So why hasn't it yet condemned the U.S. missile strike on Syria?
The launch of cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase strikes me more as an attempt at therapy to salve our anguished conscience and feel like we are taking a stand than a serious move to change our policy in Syria for the better.