Unless America addresses the chaos Assad has wrought, it can’t stop the rise of jihadism in Syria.
Warfare and diplomacy are intrinsically linked, except when it comes to the Obama administration’s policy on Syria. While a negotiated settlement remains the only viable pathway out of the Syrian crisis, currently existing facts on the ground do not in any way allow for a meaningful process, let alone a solution. As things stand, there is no reason for Bashar al-Assad to view a political process as anything less than a game in which to taunt and kill his adversaries, while compelling his allies to double-down in defense of his regime.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 6, 2016
What wave of suicide attacks means for Riyadh's anti-terror efforts -- Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor
The Great Arab Implosion and Its Consequences -- Ofir Haivry, Mosaic
South China Sea Showdown: America Must Step Up to Face Off with China -- Wallace C. Gregson, National Interest
Sanctioning Kim Jong Un -- Matt Vasilogambros, The Atlantic
The Chilcot Report Shows How the U.S.-U.K. ‘Special Relationship’ Went Sour in the Iraq War -- Jamie Merrill, Time
Blair Didn't Lie His Way Into Iraq. Neither Did Bush. -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
NATO’s Uneasy New Reality: Could It Still Stop Russia? -- David Wood, Huffington Post
Brexit Doesn't Actually Help Putin -- Daniel Kochis, National Interest
Russia Is Not Dying From a Brain Drain -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
The Russia Paradox: How To Deal with an Aggressive, Yet Weak Power -- Wolfgang Ischinger, Spiegel Online
What the FBI didn't say about Hillary Clinton’s email -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters
Is Hillary Clinton too big to indict? -- Peter Grier, CSM
How Hillary Clinton limps forward after the damning FBI report -- Suzanne Garment, Reuters
Iceland's Historic Candidate: How a scholar of the nation’s Presidency swiftly became its Presidential front-runner. -- Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
The World's Rising Powers Have Fallen -- Suzanne Nossel, Foreign Policy