It's not wrong to call for the Assad regime to be held accountable, but any prosecution of members of the Syrian government will leave their victims disappointed.
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If the Trump administration is looking to escalate in Syria, it should consider working with Israel and Jordan in the country's south.
Rebels and Regime Clash in Syria While Fighting Islamic State, Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul, and Washington Prepares for Sisi’s Visit
Russia is trying to find an equilibrium between Turkey and the Assad regime in Syria, the U.S. military is thinking past the battle for Mosul, and the Egyptian president has reasons to look forward to his meeting with President Trump.
Turkey Turns to Russia for Air Support in Syria, Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire, U.S. Policy Could Shift in Libya, and One of Iran’s Founding Fathers Dies
Turkey’s pivot to Russia has brought support for its campaign against the Islamic State, rebels and regime forces are fighting over water access for Damascus, the fortunes for the Libyan National Army are rising, and former Iranian President Rafsanjani leaves behind a complicated legacy.
Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Nears Victory in Aleppo, Coptic Christians Under Attack in Egypt, and What Trump’s Secretary of State Pick Means for the Middle East
Assad is winning in Aleppo but facing setbacks farther south, another attack in Cairo leaves the Copts more frustrated with Sisi, and what are Rex Tillerson’s plans for the Middle East?
The Obama Administration’s Views on the Legality of Intervention in Syria Without Congressional or U.N. Security Council Support
The Obama administration's lawyers concluded that intervention in Syria aganist Assad would be lawful under domestic and international law. But whether they were right may matter less than that Clinton is leading the presidential polls and that her former State Department lawyer has robust views about the president’s power of unilateral humanitarian intervention.
Prompted by the “dissent memo” signed by 51 career State Department diplomats, several prominent law professors are debating the Obama administration's internal deliberations about the legality of intervention in Syria against Assad. But I don’t think the debate has perfectly reflected what my reporting showed.
The lesser evil in Syria is not choosing this figure over that, but instead choosing a practical settlement that may not immediately deliver on the expectations of revolutionaries but can still work for all sides.
Is President Obama to blame for the current state of Syria? In a word: Yes.
The breathless reports this weekend that a ceasefire for Syria had been reached "in principle" reveal once again how unrealistic our thinking has become about this particular national security issue.