Speaking to The Atlantic, the president didn't leave anything out – except the bit where thousands died and millions lost their homes.
Death toll data from the war in Syria should be treated with great caution. It's nearly impossible to provide precise numbers and assigning blame for the casualties is harder again.
Stopping the conflict in Syria means solving a horrible array of intertwined, intractable problems.
On February 11 a Syrian ceasefire was signed in Munich. Few are optimistic it will hold. Why? Because, argues one Middle Eastern scholar, world leaders are ignoring key realities.
The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
The latest attempt to broker a peace in Syria faces even longer odds than previous ones.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
Syria’s demographics are markedly different to Lebanon’s. A power-sharing arrangement would be more difficult to design.
The British PM wants military action in Syria. First, he must convince a reluctant parliament.
Vladimir Putin has been proved right again as Western priorities shift from removing Assad to destroying Islamic State.
Who is fighting who – and why.
Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Russia's stepped-up role in Syria is likely to bolster Iran and the anti-Western opposition in Iraq.
Rather than being a proactive realignment, Australia’s shift in policy on Syria was a reactive realisation that it was being left behind.
Russia has started bombing some of the groups machinating against Bashar al-Assad's forces. Who are they, and what do they want?
Why has Vladimir Putin stepped up his Syrian game so radically – and is it really all as sudden as it seems?
The real winners this week in international diplomacy have been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.