The United States has faced decisions on whether to shelter refugees throughout its history and faces a similar question today. We must not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Issue Brief To turn the tide against ISIS, America needs to step up its military and diplomatic campaign and reject voices calling for the country to turn against refugees and Muslims.
Syrian refugees face a long security screening process before being admitted for entry to the United States that is specially designed to mitigate any threats and helps ensure Americans are not placed in harm’s way.
Welcoming Syrian refugees is a moral and security imperative that can be accomplished safely.
Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies have taken a key border town from ISIS but have been met with opposition from the Turkish government. This should change.
Report Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.
U.S. military action in Syria must remain focused on degrading the terrorist threat while pushing for a political transition from the Assad regime.
Report The Obama administration has an important opportunity to adjust its course in Syria and Iraq, particularly regarding the threat posed by ISIS, and assume a more engaged leadership role.
Issue Brief Combating the extremist group in Iraq and Syria will require a concerted diplomatic and security strategy in coordination with U.S. allies around the world.
The Middle Eastern countries currently sheltering Syrian refugees need international support to make it through the crisis.
Report The United States must rethink its policy toward Kurdish political groups in its pursuit of regional stability.
Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.
Report As Jordan wrestles with the effects of the Arab uprisings and the Syrian civil war, the United States should support the country’s political and economic reform.
The United States and its partners should conduct contingency planning about possible threats, however likely or not, in the wake of strikes.
The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons has altered the U.S. role in Syria, but the effect of this new role remains unclear.