• Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 31, 2017

    Mar 31, 2017Roxanne Perugino

    I. JASTA UpdateOn March 28, the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP hosted a webinar focused on recent developments related to the Justice against Sponsors of Terrori…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqReligion and Politics

    Why Is the Battle against ISIL not Going Well?

    Mar 28, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    On March 22nd, the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) concluded their meeting in Washington, D…

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Trump and Human Rights (in Arabic)

    Mar 28, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with an Indian official instead of joining the State Department press conference announcing the annual Human Rights Rep…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranDemocracy and Governance

    Syria Peace Talks in Geneva: A Road to Nowhere

    Mar 27, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    On March 3, 2017, the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, concluded the last round of Syria peace negotiations in Geneva by saying tha…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Congressional Update Week Ending March 24, 2017

    Mar 24, 2017Roxanne Perugino

    I. Syria(1) Remembering the Victims of Syria: On March 21, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), together with the US Holocaust Memorial, hosed a comm…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending March 17, 2017

    Mar 17, 2017

    I. Courts Block President Trump’s Revised Executive Order on a Travel BanPresident Donald Trump’s revised March 6, 2017 Executive Order, which was scheduled to…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    Why Federalism Is a Bad Idea for Syria

    Mar 13, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    In the middle of the discussion about transition in Syria, Russia proposed the idea of a federal republic, according to deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov.…

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Ending the Culture of Escaping Accountability in Syria (in Arabic)

    Mar 10, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    The Prosecution of those responsible for war crimes in Syria is difficult due to Syria not being a signatory of the Rome Statute, and Russia's blocking of Secu…

  • Op-Eds

    Imad K. Harb: Can a Headless Chicken Continue to Lead the World?

    Mar 9, 2017Imad K. Harb

    Politics in the United States is in a state of unprecedented chaos and confusion not two months into the presidency of Donald Trump.Read more

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Trump and Safe Zones in Syria (in Arabic)

    Mar 9, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    Donald Trump has again called for safe zones in Syria in order to protect refugees he doesn't want to admit to the US, and demanded that Arab Gulf States finan…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Regaining Western Mosul: Consequences and Implications

    img { margin: 5px; padding: 5px;}Since October 2016, the Iraqi government, supported by the US military, has waged one of its most difficult battles t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending February 24, 2017

    Feb 24, 2017

    Congress has been in recess this past week in observance of Presidents’ Day so capitol Hill has been relatively quiet. The House and Senate will reconvene on M…