The Syria Humanitarian Crisis Enters a New Phase

The United Kingdom plays host to a major conference this week intended to raise money and political support for the Syrian humanitarian disaster. There are now over 4.6 million Syrian refugees who have fled abroad, mostly to surrounding countries and 7.6 m...

Starving in Syria

A sliver of good news came out of Syria yesterday with the announcement that the Syrian government would allow aid into the besieged city of Madaya. Located on the border with Lebanon, reports of starvation emerged earlier this week, highlighting once again th...

A Consequential Meeting for Peace in Syria

This is a big moment for Syria. And the world.Foreign ministers from most of the Security Council, including John Kerry and his Russian counter-part Sergei Lavrov are in New York today to debate, discuss and (hopefully) approve a Security Council resolutio...

Episode 90: Emma Sky

Emma Sky was an Arabist, working at the British Council in 2003 when the United Kingdom joined the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.  Though she strongly opposed the war, she opted to join the coalition provisional authority, which administered Iraq ...

Can the UN Help Broker a Syria Ceasefire?

For the first time in years, there is actual momentum towards an international political solution to the Syria conflict.Over the weekend, the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi...

I Was A Refugee From the Middle East and America Saved Me

I love America. I love America because it afforded me the opportunity to start a new life when my old life fell apart in a torrent of bombs and bullets.I’m the son of a Lebanese father and an American mother. I’ve had the great privilege of being born a U....