The conflict in Syria will only be solved through international cooperation. However, the United States should be wary of negotiating away its key interests.
The current system of counterterrorism-linked assistance is ineffective, fostering corruption among Pakistani leaders and resentment among the local population.
Russia is increasing its presence in the Middle East by ramping up military operations in Syria, building ties with traditional U.S. allies, and challenging America’s position as the guarantor of security in the region.
Though leaders in the United States and Russia may have conflicting interests in regards to the Assad regime, the two nations must work together to defeat ISIS.
The U.S. military must increase its involvement in Iraq and Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Such an escalation is all the more urgent in light of Russia’s intensified operations in Syria.