Stephen Zunes : Syria

Syria after the Ceasefire
2 March 2016

The partial ceasefire in Syria announced by the United States and Russia on February 23 has been met with less than overwhelming optimism, and, after so much bloodshed and the entrenchment of hardline positions, it is not hard to see why. The accord stipulates that the Syrian government and allied groups, including Russia, end attacks against opposition forces that are party to the agreement and these opposition forces suspend military operations. Both sides must refrain from seizing additional territory and allow “rapid, unhindered and sustained access” to humanitarian agencies.

Obama’s Escalation in Syria
5 November 2015

President Obama’s announcement that he would send up to 50 U.S. Special Forces to “train, advise and assist” armed militia fighting forces of the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria marks an escalation in U.S. military involvement in that country.

The U.S. and ISIS
26 August 2014

Ruthless regimes not impervious to civil resistance: A reply to Maged Mandour
1 November 2013

A response to Maged Mandour: There is little systematic evidence to suggest that “ruthlessness” is, in and of itself, a critical variable.

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize as U.S. Opposes Calls for WMD-Free Middle East (Video)
11 October 2013

Democracy Now!

As the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, we look at international efforts to rid Syria and other countries — including the United States — of chemical weapons.

On Syria, most thoughtful people are torn
5 October 2013


Foreign military intervention would prolong the war and increase the carnage still further. But this does not mean that the US in conjunction with others, including Syrian civil society, cannot do anything to help the situation. Reply to Nader Hashemi.

Opposition to intervention in Syria utilitarian, not ideological
23 September 2013

In this reply to a critique by Nader Hashemi, Dr. Zunes explains that:

“Whether or not a movement is primarily violent or nonviolent, what is important is whether it employs strategies and tactics that can maximize its chances of success. “

The US Has No Credibility Dealing With Chemical Weapons
9 September 2013

This is an updated and expanded version of the article “The US and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On,” originally posted in Foreign Policy in Focus on May 2, 2013.

Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria
15 May 2013

Dr. Stephen Zunes talks about why there is nothing the U.S. can do about the Syrian situation

Israel, Syria and the United States
13 May 2013

An op-ed piece published on about Israel’s attack against Syria on May 6th, 2013