• Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Russia Writes a Constitution for Syrians (in Arabic)

    Feb 9, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    Russia has distributed a draft for a new Syrian constitution during the Astana Conference in order to "expedite negotiations to end the Syrian conflict." Why h…

  • Keynote Conversations
    SyriaInternational Law

    Confronting War Crimes in Syria: Accountability and International Responsibility

    Feb 8, 2017

    The Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) held its third “Diplomatic Luncheon” on February 8, 2017, featuring H.E. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqDemocracy and Governance

    Iraqi Kurdistan’s Bid for Independence: Challenges and Prospects

    Jan 26, 2017Mustafa Gurbuz

    Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraqi Kurdistan, has expressed his expectation for “a big change” in US policy under P…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqUS Foreign Policy

    Syria and Iraq in the Age of Trump: Challenges to American Interests

    Jan 25, 2017Imad K. Harb

    Now that the Trump Administration has taken over the reins of American diplomatic and military power, questions arise about how it intends to preserve America’…

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Russia Will not Be Able to Achieve Peace in Syria (in Arabic)

    Jan 12, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    Given Russia’s actions in Syria, no Syrian can assume that Moscow is looking for a peaceful resolution of the conflict there. Russia’s interest was simply to p…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Turkey at “the Gate” of Victory at Al-Bab: What’s Next?

    Jan 12, 2017

    The New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul represents a significant change in relations between Turkey and the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL). Althoug…

  • Policy Analysis
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    After Aleppo: The Political and Regional Implications of the New Middle East “Troika”

    Dec 28, 2016Joe Macaron

    Since August 2016, new regional power dynamics have been emerging in the wars in Syria. The trend has manifested itself in the fall of Aleppo and the December …

  • Policy Analysis
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Sidelining Asad: Questioning the Future of Russian-Iranian-Turkish Convergence in Syria

    Dec 27, 2016Imad K. Harb

    The battle of Aleppo has finally been decided in favor of the Syrian regime and its Russian, Iranian, and militia cohorts. But for all intents and purposes, th…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    What is Next for Turkey after the Fall of Aleppo?

    Dec 15, 2016Mustafa Gurbuz

    After the fall of Aleppo, Turkey’s capacity to maneuver in the region will suffer tremendously. Indeed, the fall of Aleppo has increased tensions among Syrian …

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Trump and his Syria Policy

    Nov 18, 2016Radwan Ziadeh

    Closer US ties with Russia would be disastrous for the Syrian people, who are suffering severe bombardment from the Assad regime and Russian fighter jets.Read …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Congressional Update – November 17, 2016

    Nov 17, 2016

    (1) Congressional Elections Senate Results: The failure by the Democrats to gain control of the Senate is a bitter loss for the Democratic Party. A few short w…