The new vogue for blaming the century-old Sykes-Picot Agreement for today’s woes ignores history, and reality
The Kremlin’s interests in the region are deep—and it may see an opportunity to gain leverage in the current crisis
Thanks to outside forces waging a proxy battle in Syria, 2013 has become a year of attrition rather than endgames
At a cost of $75 million, new fortifications stand as physical reminders that peace in the north is further away than ever
Agents of Influence: Assad’s bloody grip on power in Syria shows how hard it is to dislodge a determined despot
Today’s upheaval in the Arab world has antecedents in past revolutions. So, why are the lessons lost on U.S. policymakers?
The president’s favorite Muslim democrat is turning into just another Middle Eastern despot
The Syrian civil war puts Moscow’s relations with the West, Turkey, the Gulf States, and Israel to a serious test
Why the U.S.-Israel alliance may be returning to its Cold War roots
Why the Israel Defense Forces hit Syria—and why they believe that Assad won’t hit back
Trouble in the Golan
Will Putin’s ban on adoptions finally help U.S. officials grasp the nature of Russia’s political leadership?
The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the civil war in Syria are bringing violence to Israel’s borders
Protests against the monarchy—the biggest since the Arab Spring began—are bad news for Israel and the U.S.
Plus anti-Semitic Elmo is back
Paris marks its liberation, pays tribute to deported Jews
Plus, Michael Oren says the Israeli embassy was targeted by Iran
Also, Yom Kippur ultimatum to U.S. for commit to Iran strike?
And Iran and Syria are still fond of each other
The fall of Assad’s pro-Iranian regime is a net gain for the U.S., even if what replaces it isn’t a reliable ally
Plus Colorado movie theater shooter identified, and more
Should Columbia rescind the acceptance of Sheherazad Jaafari, who spun her boss’s atrocities to the press?
Inertia is its own moral choice, the great critic argued, a point to remember when facing the crisis in Syria
The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites
I went to Syria to photograph the rebellion. But when the army took aim at the village where I was staying, I escaped to Turkey with 100 refugees.
Hamas finally comes out against the Assad regime, its longtime patron, striking a major blow against Iran’s bid for Shia regional dominance
Smuggled into Syria, a reporter finds that the Free Syrian Army lacks leadership but is fiercely united against Bashar al-Assad and Iran
Washington should back the Free Syrian Army in its insurgency against Bashar al-Assad, since toppling his regime would strike a blow against Iran
As Syria’s first lady stands by her murderous husband, an Iranian activist remembers the Asma al-Assad she met on bike rides for peace
Infiltrated by up to a dozen CIA spies, Hezbollah, the official party of God, is taking hits to its prestige—and revealing its weakness