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.
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.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
Coalition forces are careful about how they report civilian deaths. And we think war is painless, as a result.
Even if Syria's armed conflict is somehow resolved, new proxy conflicts between regional actors are emerging on the country's soil.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.
By sending troops from the North Caucasus to Syria, Russia is returning to its old habits.
Against the backdrop of the G20, Russia and the US have made a deal over Syria. But it's Putin who holds the winning hand.
A foreign policy expert takes a look at how the high-profile exchange between the U.S. and Russian leaders went down.
They're not just about aliens and moon landings.
A historian takes us beyond the noise in Washington and examines how US and Russian power and interests compare.
It's estimated that at least 800 medical personnel have been killed since the start of the Syrian war.
A case study from the height of the Crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries illustrates that even the most brutal leaders can choose to compromise for stability.
Relations between Russia and the United States have reached an all-time low since the US strike on Syria. But Moscow knows that Washington will need its support if tension rises with North Korea.
What vastly complicates Western policy in Syria is how to sanction Assad on one hand and deal with Islamic State on the other, without the country unravelling completely.
The recent American airstrike in Syria has created a new norm in international law sanctioning the unilateral use of force to punish those who deploy chemical weapons against their own people.
A Russian media expert spent the weekend consuming Russian coverage of America's response to the chemical attacks in Syria.