Syrian Civil War
"For the moment, ISIS is ascendant.
During Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai famously declined to answer a question about the historical impact of the French Revolution, protesting that it was still too early to draw firm conclusions.
The Pandora's box of the Arab Spring has spawned political unrest, ethnic hatred and sectarian violence in the Arab world. Syria, specifically, has become a core point of focus due to its unique sociopolitical and religious history.
The Middle East Policy Council's 86th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held October 13, 2016, offered diverse perspectives on the challenges for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and opportunities for the next administration.
Regional dailies and political observers continue to dedicate a considerable amount of attention to the ongoing suffering in Syria, particularly in the besieged city of Aleppo.
A UN aid convoy has been destroyed, apparently in a regime airstrike, less than a week into the U.S.-Russia brokered ceasefire between government troops and opposition forces in Syria.