At issue for all involved is not only breaking Isis's control of territory, but determining who will rule there in place of Isis.
So you have to understand ... where it’s coming from, where the appeal lies, what the roots are—there are often quite genuine grievances—at the same time try to cut back the level of violence.
We’re already choosing the ones we want from the ones we don’t want.
The mainstream line on Syria seems to be: "Fight Assad, Russia, and Iran!" This is appallingly distant from reality. It is also likely to prolong the war and condemn more Syrians to suffering and death.
The Assad government and the opposition may not be able to agree in Geneva, but the outside powers which support them are becoming increasingly eager to bring the conflict to an end.
The special legal status of Palestinians fleeing Syria leaves them stateless, even after decades of exile, and without the same rights as other refugees.
A lively and insightful conversation with Reese Erlich, who tries to unravel the Gordian knot that is Syria.