Syrian civil war

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria. 

Random rules: Part II

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into Ahrar al-Sham, one faction in the Syrian war, and the strategies it used to manage alliances among other rebel factions.

Syrian children who are refugees in Turkey face many barriers to learning.

In Turkey, refugee children face hurdles to school enrollment

people at gas pump

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime

a soldier in front of a prison

Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge

Firefighters hose down a burning building after bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 3, 2022. Russian forces have seized a strategic Ukrainian seaport and besieged another. Those moves are part of efforts to cut the country off from its coastline even as Mosco

For many Syrians, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine feels painfully familiar

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad heads a cabinet meeting, in Damascus, Syria

Report: Syrian government manipulates exchange rates to pocket aid money


The Syrian government has found ways to use currency manipulation to circumvent Western sanctions and siphon off millions of dollars from international aid to the country. Karam Shaar, co-author of a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, spoke with The World’s host Carol Hills about the situation.

A Syrian grocery shop in Istanbul sells brands that are familiar to Syrian customers, such as canned meats and condensed milk.

Syrian refugees and migrants in Turkey face a difficult decision to return home 


Millions of Syrians are wrestling with the tough choice to return to Syria after 10 years of civil war. In Turkey, the COVID-19 pandemic hit some Syrians so hard that they returned home, only to regret it.

Faeza Satouf, from Syria, looks at a photo of her graduation day on her phone during an interview in Nivaa, Denmark, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 

Family in conflict: Part II

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive into new research on how family networks allow people who flee violence to survive in their new homes. 

People wearing masks stand in front of white bags of food aid

Russia’s vote at UN could cut off humanitarian aid to northwest Syria

Conflict & Justice

Millions of people could be cut off from assistance if the Bab al-Hawa crossing, along the border between Turkey and Syria, closes. Basma Alloush, policy and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about what’s at stake.

Temporary cast of Jad's legs at the workshop at the NSPPL center in Reyhanli, Turkey. Specialists will use these to make the permanent braces that will help Jad walk.

A decade of war has devastated Syria’s health care system

Sometimes, the most basic services are not available to patients. And it can lead to dire consequences.