The last thing the Middle East needs is another open conflict between two massive military powers. Fortunately, they both seem to agree.
The world cheered the defeat of IS in the Middle East, but the insurgency is far from over.
A recent skirmish between Iran and Israel put the spotlight back on one of the most sensitive territories in the world.
Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
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.
A recent intervention by the US, the UK and France is only part of a far broader – and deadlier – campaign.
We looked at ten countries in East Africa and found poverty and politics were much more important drivers of conflict and displacement than climate change.
Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May all have something to prove at home by bombing Syria.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks nothing short of leading the Muslim world, building on Turkey's imperial Ottoman past.
Guns for hire are back in business – and they're making war even more dangerous.
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?
Are air strikes really a way to hold the Syrian regime responsible for its alleged atrocities against humanity? History says no.
The United Nations Charter doesn't allow the use of military force to prevent chemical weapons attacks — no matter how evil — without UN Security Council approval. That needs to change.
Rebuilding Syria will be complex and costly. But expertise and extensive funds will be in short supply due the geopolitical absence of the US and other Western countries.
The US, France and Britain launching air strikes this weekend on Syria in retalition for an alleged gas attack by the Assad regime – but niether side is likely to up the ante soon.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
The government is planning to take part in military action in Syria. But does it need MPs to consent beforehand?
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It's not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.