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.
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.
Issue Brief The Syrian opposition is fragmented, and understanding these divisions is crucial for the Obama administration's efforts to shape its policy toward Syria and support a foundation for a cohesive future Syrian government.
The United States should insist on an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to investigate the reports of the Assad regime’s likely chemical-weapons use and further solidify and accelerate NATO planning on issues regarding Syria.
Additional support for the Syrian opposition and regional coordination are urgently needed.
The United States must continue acting on removing the Assad regime, but increased focus must also be given to plans for a post-Assad Syria.
Ken Sofer analyzes U.S. priorities in Syria and recommends options for U.S. policymakers to address these critical interests.