By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
It's the first global gathering to discuss humanitarian crises and opportunities – but talk and no action might still end up the order of the day.
A report from Lesbos, where thousands of refugees are living in inhumane conditions.
Obama's military strategy in Iraq and Syria hasn't defeated the Islamic State, but it isn't a total failure either. A retired major general and law professor looks at the successes and shortcomings.
Over the years the words Sykes-Picot have taken on two meanings – one significant, the other less so.
The world has singularly failed to find a path forward for Syria – or to stop the Assad government flagrantly violating all efforts to stop the conflict.
Protecting humanitarian workers requires an understanding of their individual situation, not broad assumptions.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
A Syrian town of Muslims and Christians stands united amid the country's chaos.
The Obama administration likes to say it won't put "boots on the ground" in Iraq – but that's increasingly at odds with reality.
Unpaid volunteers are negotiating with Islamic State and facing military attacks as they try to save Syria's ancient cities.
Lebanon is host to well over 1m Syrian refugees, and their situation is getting ever more desperate.
Political will could have rescued Palmyra. Here's why it didn't.
Work is already underway to repair the damage to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, but we need to question if technology will take things too far.
The urgent need to respond to ISIS has redefined the use of "self-defense" to include attacking a nonstate threat in another country. But what are the implications of this? change?
News from Syria that the ancient town has been taken back from Islamic State is good news – but especially for Putin and Assad.
Although not an intuitive conclusion, the Brussels attacks are actually indicative of Islamic State's growing decline and desperation.
European leaders are confident that sending migrants back is legal – but is it?
The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead.
Refugees will continue to flee the war-torn country and Europe must do more to help.