Welcome to the age of the despot

Every tyrant has now learned the Syrian lesson: you can bomb your cities and kill with impunity. How the West failed so horribly.

What shock-and-awe accomplished for Putin in Syria

With Syria, Vladimir Putin wanted the world to know Russia is once again a major military player. Mission accomplished.

It’s lonely at the top for Bashar al-Assad

The defection of Assad’s prime minister is more than just a tactical problem for Syria’s dictator

Vogue, Mrs. Assad and Joan Juliet Buck

Vogue, Mrs. Assad and Joan Juliet Buck

A cautionary tale for those who move in the world of fashionable ideas—with Syria as its setting.

What will happen when Assad is gone—in Syria and beyond?

The instability that follows Assad’s fall will be felt far beyond Syria