Years of mediation by Russia have helped keep a direct Israeli-Iranian conflict off the agenda. But things have changed.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
The bombing in Syria is based on a flawed strategy – just as Operation Rolling Thunder was during the Vietnam War. But will world leaders learn the lessons of history?
Kurdish female fighters are on the front lines of conflicts in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and they bring their particular brand of radical feminism with them.
From California's fires to the Rohingya, headlines can be overwhelming these days. But that doesn't mean we should neglect so-called 'silent crises,' which can quickly erupt into global disasters.
From Syria's civil war to women being traded as slaves on WhatsApp, this Global series brings together the past year's most-read conflict reporting, written by the world's top experts.
Too much emphasis on environmental stress overlooks the role of politics and economics.
For many centuries, Syrian society has included people of many faiths – Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, Christians and Druze. This past is important to know to understand the present.
A Russian media expert spent the weekend consuming Russian coverage of America's response to the chemical attacks in Syria.
Are Trump’s missile strikes against Syria constitutional? An expert on Congress and foreign policy provides a brief history of how the separation of war powers has blurred over time.
The use of chemical weapons will put even more pressure on fragile peace talks.
The US has met its goal for resettling Syrian refugees in 2016, and will aim to take in 110,000 more in 2017. A migration expert examines whether fears of their arrival are well founded.
The Assad government is accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon against its own people.
A young boy is strapped with explosives and sent to detonate himself and those around him at a school. An expert on terrorism explains how and why children become embroiled in militant conflicts.
Comparisons of foreign volunteers in Syria to the International Brigades of Spain are apt, but not for the reasons you think.
Unpaid volunteers are negotiating with Islamic State and facing military attacks as they try to save Syria's ancient cities.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.