Analysis & Commentary


31st January 2014 - NOW

Formalizing the Status Quo

Tony Badran

The talks at the Geneva conference for Syria have gone nowhere. This is hardly surprising, as the regime does not even recognize the stated goal of the conference...

23rd January 2014 - Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Ban’s Syrian Bungle Defriends Iran’s Mullahs

Tony Badran

This week's near-fiasco about who should be invited to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, that resulted from a private telephone conversation between...

4th January 2014 - NOW

White House Sees a Partner in Assad

Tony Badran

As 2013 drew to a close, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy and damning chronicle of President Obama’s handling of Syria. And while 2013...

20th December 2013 - National Review Online

Short Shrift for National Security and Foreign Policy

Clifford D. May

President Obama didn’t say much on these critical issues — nor was he asked much. He seems to believe the deal he made with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad...

19th December 2013 - The Blaze

Real News

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD's David Andrew Weinberg provides analysis on the White House's decision not to take military action in Syria to punish Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons.

11th December 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Seymour Hersh and Assad’s Nun Spin a Story

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, Seymour Hersh published an article in the London Review of Books claiming that the Obama administration got it wrong regarding the...

4th December 2013 - Quoted by David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Afghan Militants Join Syria’s Civil War, As If It Wasn’t Awful Enough

Ali Alfoneh

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gained the upper hand over an internal uprising in the past year, he received a major boost from his allies across the...

3rd December 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Syrian Rebels Face Pressure on Multiple Fronts

Jonathan Schanzer

Syrian rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad are now facing determined government military offensives on three fronts in the north and west and...

17th October 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Will sanctions work in Iran and can Russia survive without Assad.

11th October 2013 - National Review Online

Did Assad Just Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

7th October 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

The Next Breeding Ground for Global Jihad

Reuel Marc Gerecht

When President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must "step aside" two years ago, many believed that it was only a matter of time before...

30th September 2013 - Quoted by Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

The Shadow Commander

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last February, some of Iran’s most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved...

29th September 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Syrian Refugees Blame Hezbollah, Syria’s Main Allies for Their Plight

Benjamin Weinthal

Syrian refugees, who have gone to great lengths to escape President Bashar Assad’s bombing campaign, attribute a large part of the violence...

25th September 2013 - Standpoint

Hamlet Of The White House

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When, on September 10, President Barack Obama finally addressed the US about his Syria policy, he said that President Bashar al-Assad shared the infamy...

20th September 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

With Russia on his side, Syria’s President Bashar Assad has now agreed to sign on to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which is meant to eliminate...

20th September 2013 - VOA Radio

Encounter

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi tells VOA that by denying it is responsible for launching the chemical weapons attack, the Assad regime is merely "playing for time."

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Hezbollah Armed with Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hezbollah has assumed control of at least a portion of Syria’s chemical weapons cache, according to a Syrian military commander, multiple...

19th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Strategy in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

“The Assad regime has not lived up to any of its pledges, it has won time for new massacres and continues to do so,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Alana Goodman, Washington Free Beacon

Christians and Syria

Tony Badran

The relationship between Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his country’s Christian minority is far more complex than the portrait drawn by Assad...

17th September 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Just How Extremist Are the Rebels in Syria?

Jonathan Schanzer

Nearly half of the rebel forces battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are jihadist or hardline Islamists, a British defense consultancy has warned...

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