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After the Paris Attacks

Kurdish peshmerga in Kobani article icon 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.

by Vikram Singh, Ken Gude, Peter Juul, William F. Wechsler, Hardin Lang, Brian Katulis | Thursday, November 19, 2015

Infographic: The Screening Process for Entry to the United States for Syrian Refugees

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.

| Wednesday, November 18, 2015

America at Its Best

Syrian refugee mother and childWelcoming Syrian refugees is a moral and security imperative that can be accomplished safely.

by Tom Jawetz and Ken Gude | Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Turkey Should Welcome Kurdish Gains in Northern Syria

Kurdish fightersSyrian 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.

by Max Hoffman | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Lebanon Christians vigil book_alt2 icon 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.

by Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Addressing the Gaps in Syria Policy in the Fight Against ISIS

airstrikes in SyriaU.S. military action in Syria must remain focused on degrading the terrorist threat while pushing for a political transition from the Assad regime.

by Vikram Singh, Hardin Lang, Brian Katulis | Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Supporting the Syrian Opposition

smoke from shelling book_alt2 icon 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.

by Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, Ken Sofer, Peter Juul, Brian Katulis | Friday, September 12, 2014

Defeating ISIS: An Integrated Strategy to Advance Middle East Stability

Syria article icon 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.

by Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, Vikram Singh | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Syrian Refugee Crisis Threatens Stability in the Middle East

refugee campThe Middle Eastern countries currently sheltering Syrian refugees need international support to make it through the crisis.

by Shiva Pedram | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The United States, Turkey, and the Kurdish Regions

kurdish peshmerga game book_alt2 icon Report The United States must rethink its policy toward Kurdish political groups in its pursuit of regional stability.

by Michael Werz and Max Hoffman | Thursday, July 31, 2014

U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition

ISIS fighters book_alt2 icon Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.

by Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Monday, June 16, 2014

Jordan in the Eye of the Storm

Jordanian with flag book_alt2 icon 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.

by Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad | Thursday, June 12, 2014

After a Possible Strike in Syria: Planning Ahead for Potential Responses and New Threats to U.S. Security Interests

Syrian chemical weapons victimThe United States and its partners should conduct contingency planning about possible threats, however likely or not, in the wake of strikes.

by Rudy deLeon, Brian Katulis, Peter Juul | Thursday, August 29, 2013

Entering a New Phase in the Syrian Conflict

President Barack Obama SyriaThe Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons has altered the U.S. role in Syria, but the effect of this new role remains unclear.

by Ken Sofer | Friday, June 14, 2013

The Structure and Organization of the Syrian Opposition

article icon 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.

by Ken Sofer and Juliana Shafroth | Tuesday, May 14, 2013