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  • Will Khan Sheikhoun Reshape the War in Syria?

    The Syrian decision to use chemical weapons on civilian targets in Khan Sheikhoun in an effort to seek control of the last rebel held territory of Idlib and the US reaction have created a new dynamics in the Syrian crisis.

    April 07, 2017

    Syria’s Sad Predicament

    Is it a matter of such transcendental importance to keep Assad in power or remove him even at the cost of the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Syrians and the displacement of half of the country’s total population?

    October 14, 2016

    Syria: The Cease-Fire that was and wasn’t

    The Kerry-Lavrov agreement did not work because those who had to cease fire were not willing to abide by it.

    September 23, 2016

    Manoj Suresh asked: Why Western media often refers to the Syrian ‘refugees’ as ‘migrants’? Is there any strategy behind it?

    Mathew Sinu Simon replies: The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ are being increasingly used interchangeably in the media and in public discussions. The two terms, however, have different connotations and legal implications.

    Investigating the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

    Since 2013, there have been three investigative mechanisms employed to examine allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Are we any closer to finding out whodunit?

    January-June 2016

    Turmoil in West Asia: The Sectarian Divide Shapes Regional Competitions

    Turmoil in West Asia: The Sectarian Divide ShapesRegional Competitions

    Five years after the Arab Spring, West Asia is witnessing two major military conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Several states are deeply polarised and at the edge of breakdown, and there is proliferation of jihadis across the region, engaged in extraordinary brutality against enemy states and “heretic” communities.


    Re-emerging Powers and the Impasse in the UNSC over R2P Intervention in Syria

    The article examines the influence of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) members that acts as an important condition of success for implementation of the three-pillared Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle in case of Syrian conflict. Analysis has revealed two distinctive features of the BRICS’s positions. Firstly, BRICS has placed particular emphasis on there being a reasonable prospect of success before supporting intervention.

    March 2016

    Chasing a mirage in Munich?

    Chasing a mirage in Munich?

    The Munich deal, abortive though it is, proves that Russia, by engaging militarily in a substantive manner, has placed itself at a decidedly advantageous place at the negotiating table as compared to the United States.

    February 18, 2016

    Syria’s Unending Tragedy

    Syria’s Unending Tragedy

    Syria’s plight is likely to get worse before it gets better. More Syrians will be killed and the powers that be do not care.

    February 10, 2016

    Fallout of Turkey’s Shooting Down of the Russian Aircraft

    Turkey’s unprecedented military action raises two questions: What is the likely impact on its ties with Russia? And, what are the dynamics of a ‘Russia-West’ collaboration over Syria?

    December 22, 2015