Should Assad fall, the ensuing chaos and difficulty will be immense, and calls will rise for U.S. humanitarian intervention. Ambitious initiatives likely will fail, but compelling arguments can be made for going in small.
Afghanistan. Iraq. Libya. Now perhaps Syria, Iran or Mali. These days, America is rarely at peace.
Washington may end up helping hard-line Islamists in Syria for the same reasons it helped them in Afghanistan against the Soviets.
Ankara's hard-power limitations are becoming more evident as clashes with Damascus intensify.
Skirmishes on the Turkey-Syria border threaten to drag alliance members into another unncessary war.
Most of the so-called "new powers" aren't nearly as powerful as they seem.
The top three arguments for staying in Afghanistan—and why they're wrong.
Waning U.S. influence has left a dangerous vacuum in Southeastern Europe.
A region that has always defied predictions is becoming more confusing than ever.
A strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is likely to upend U.S. policy and endanger American lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Taliban will rise again. America will have to work with them. Ignoring these realities won't make them go away.
Will the Syrian crisis, Kurdish issues and domestic political turmoil prove too much for Erdogan?
It's time for U.S. policy makers to acknowledge the genuine horrors that have resulted, even inadvertently, from their actions.
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