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The Middle East Is Preparing for the United States’ Exit From Syria

The Middle East Is Preparing for the United States’ Exit From Syria

The Arab world has taken note of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and is starting to wonder whether Syria—where the United States still has several hundred troops—will be next. The Biden administration has already given indications it is willing to look away from Gulf Arab states reviving relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rather than...

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Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

The U.N. Security Council agreed Friday to preserve a vital aid corridor on the Syria-Turkey border for an additional six months, with the possibility of extending it for an additional six months, averting the immediate collapse of a relief operation that serves millions of Syrians residing in rebel-held territory in the northwest. The council vote...

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Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

Throughout the course of the Syrian civil war, the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has displaced half the country’s population. It has depopulated whole cities and villages by bombing hospitals and schools, thereby undermining the principle of medical neutrality and impartiality—which mandates noninterference with medical services in times of armed conflict and civil unrest....

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Western Powers Face Russia in Syrian Aid Clash

Western Powers Face Russia in Syrian Aid Clash

Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The U.N. Security Council discusses a resolution on expanding cross-border aid to Syria, 110 people are still missing after Japan’s mudslides, and the world this week.  If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. U.N. Security Council Faces Syria Aid Deadline...

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‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

An expert’s point of view on a current event. June 14, 2021, 4:57 AM Watching the Syrian revolution-turned-war enter its second decade means recounting all that has been lost: innocent lives cut short, razed cities, dashed dreams. We can also mourn the squandered potential of young Syrians stuck in displacement camps missing another year of...

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It’s the Roads, Stupid

It’s the Roads, Stupid

A truck carrying charcoal and other products clears a checkpoint on the road from Matadi to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 10, 2018. JUNIOR D. KANNAH/AFP via Getty Images Control over people, territory, or natural resources is not the main pivot of civil wars. Groundbreaking new research reveals that, instead, it’s control...

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The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kickstart a Deal on Syria

The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kickstart a Deal on Syria

An expert’s point of view on a current event. June 9, 2021, 3:55 AM Next week’s summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva is the optimal setting for Washington to begin to broker a deal on Syria. Russia has been craving U.S. recognition of its rise in geopolitical status,...