Giving up means giving the Assad regime and Russia both a strategic and intellectual victory with incalculable consequences for global security.
The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
On the eighth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, scholar Wendy Pearlman writes about the people who risked their lives and raised their voices to fight the oppressive rule of Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian civil war has ended, but there are millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. With danger from a hostile regime back in Syria, what will happen to them now?
Keeping the water and power on, managing sewers and collecting garbage will help communities shattered by the Syrian civil war rebuild – and keep out the Islamic State, says a former aid official.
Europe needs to rethink its priorities on Syria – fast.
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.
The Syrian civil war may be coming to an end, but the suffering and uncertainty are far from over for its people.
Armed and backed by some of the world's largest known oil and gas reserves, Gazprom would be more powerful than US mercenaries such as Blackwater, and also closely linked to the Kremlin.
Smear campaigns against humanitarian volunteers in war zones are nothing new.
France’s parliament is debating a law that would allow “fake news” to be censored. While the outcome is uncertain, the precedent is dangerous.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
If states are permitted to determine when force is warranted, outside the existing legal framework, the legitimacy of that framework may be fatally undermined.
Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May all have something to prove at home by bombing Syria.
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.
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?