Please note: There are a number of perspectives on the current crisis in Syria and Lebanon. The US media tend to offer one perspective that is not shared by our partners. On this page are some news articles that provide a broader perspective of what is happening in the two countries, by those who have some experience in the region. We encourage all our followers to take in what views are offered and to think critically, pray, and share with one another, that we might clarify the truth in any matter.
"In Syria, an Ugly Peace is Better Than More War," The New York Times, August 24, 2018 by Jimmy Carter, the founder of the Carter Center, and President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
At their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in July, President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia reportedly agreed to end the Syrian war and to move Iranian forces away from the Syria-Israel border. President Trump has also indicated that he is willing to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s remaining in office and is prepared to withdraw American forces from Syria. This is a start. But more is needed to end the violence in Syria. READ THE ARTICLE
"As Syria's proxies converge on Idlib, what's next for Turkey's northern state-within-a-state? Syria Direct, August 6, 2018.
In Syria’s rural northern Aleppo province, children raised speaking Arabic and Kurdish are set to begin studying Turkish this fall. Meanwhile, local council offices display signs in both Arabic and Turkish, and Turkey’s flag features prominently—alongside the triple-starred Syrian rebel banner—when local photographers cover official meetings.
Ankara is digging deep into northern Aleppo’s nominally rebel-held towns and villages—and it doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon, says Joshua Landis, director of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Middle East Studies.
“Turkey is prepared to, in a sense, quasi-annex this region,” Joshua Landis tells Syria Direct’s Madeline Edwards.
But behind what some local residents refer to as “Turkification” are a slew of complex—seemingly contradictory—diplomatic ties that could collapse as Syria’s warring parties converge on yet another, imminent, military campaign: the battle for Idlib province. READ THE ARTICLE
"US needs 'coherent approach' to Syria policy, says ex-Department of Defense analyst Melissa Dalton." Syria Direct, May 2, 2018.
Understanding US strategy in Syria today requires “a little bit of guesswork,” says Melissa Dalton, a Washington DC-based foreign policy analyst who has logged more than 10 years of service with the Department of Defense in both intelligence and advisory roles.
Dalton is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where her work primarily focuses on Syria and the Middle East. She has regularly testified before congress during hearings about Syria.
“It seems that if we continue on our current pathway, we’re on our way towards creating a semi-autonomous region in northeast Syria,” Dalton tells Syria Direct’s Justin Clark.“Are we prepared to bear the political consequences?”
“What’s still missing is the connection to a broader strategy, to a political settlement." READ THE ARTICLE
"How American neglect imperils the victory over ISIS," The Washington Post, April 19, 2018.
Although this article was published several months ago, it provides a view of the linkage between U.S. war policy and U.S. reconstruction in Syria after the crisis. READ THE ARTICLE