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The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The Syrian government has been exerting a great deal of influence on the actions of the UN aid agencies in Syria. It has leveraged foreign aid workers need for its permission to enter Syria into access to supplies for its supporters while denying vital food and medical aid to civilians trapped in areas outside its control.

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The United Nations’ Struggles in Syria

The United Nations’ Struggles in Syria

On June 9, the U.N. was finally able to get food to residents of Daraya, a small Damascus suburb, for the first time in almost four years.

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Palmyra and the Battle over History

Palmyra and the Battle over History

The ancient city of Palmyra has been the stage for mass executions, the destruction of cultural heritage, battles between ISIS and Syrian government forces, and now in an absurd turn of events, a concert put on by Russia's Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.

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Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

Lesvos Online: Social Media, Refugees, and Foreign Policy at the Individual Level

The refugee crisis in Europe stems from competing state and non-state actors in Syria and uneven responses by state and supra-state actors in Europe. But one of the most interesting—and useful—responses to the crisis have been at the individual level.

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In Attacking the City of Homs, Syrian Forces Use World’s Largest Mortar

In Attacking the City of Homs, Syrian Forces Use World’s Largest Mortar

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Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

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In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid

In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid

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The Syrian Spiral

The Syrian Spiral

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A Candid Discussion with Houchang Hassan-Yari

A Candid Discussion with Houchang Hassan-Yari

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Year in Review—Middle East

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Turkey: Year in Review

Turkey: Year in Review

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Assad the Orientalist

Assad the Orientalist

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Syrian Government Targets Wounded and Health Workers in Public Hospitals

Syrian Government Targets Wounded and Health Workers in Public Hospitals

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Turkey and the Syrian Kurds

Turkey and the Syrian Kurds

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Emerging Leaders from Egypt and Tunisia Awarded Fellowships

Emerging Leaders from Egypt and Tunisia Awarded Fellowships

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