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  • Putin is playing games in Syria: Gen Wesley Clark Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 9:47 AM ET
    Wesley Clark

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to "cement his position in the Mideast," former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark tells CNBC.

  • What can be done about Syria's Assad? Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    What can be done about Syria's Assad?

    Hadley Gamble, CNBC correspondent, reports from Paris about the disagreements between world leaders about whether Syrian President Bashar Assad should be involved in the fight against ISIS.

  • Russia's recalibration in Syria Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 4:38 PM ET
    Russia's recalibration in Syria

    Michael McFaul, Former US Ambassador to Russia; Michael Santoli, Senior Markets Commentator, CNBC; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute; discuss Syria and whether the United States should open its doors to 10,000 refugees.

  • Should Russia, US partner to fight ISIS? Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | 5:19 PM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama (L) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and U.S. security advisor Susan Rice (2nd L) prior to the opening session of the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders summit summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey November 15, 2015.

    While Russia and the U.S. share a common goal in Syria, they have different ideas of how to achieve it.

  • Russia and US could join forces to combat ISIS Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    President Barack Obama chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 leaders summit in Antalya, Turkey, on Nov. 16, 2015.

    The horrific attacks in Paris could mean a new era of cooperation between Russia and the United States in the fight against ISIS.

  • Given the Syria factor, here's how to play oil Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Rebel fighters aim their weapons as they demonstrate their skills during a military display as part of a graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria July 12, 2015. The newly graduated rebel fighters, who went through military training, will join the the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion.

    President Obama has upped U.S. engagement in Syria. Here's how to play energy markets in the wake of the escalating conflict, says Michael Bolliger.

  • The real reason Putin is in Syria Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 1, 2015.

    Russia says it's in Syria to help fight ISIS but the real reason can be summed up in one word, says this former State Department advisor.

  • Why is Iraq ignoring US concerns about Russia? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:53 AM ET
    Armed masked man in Syria

    Iraq is turning a blind eye to Russia's move into Syria despite US objections, says David Phillips.

  • Syria’s Assad regime creating refugees: Prince Turki

    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal tells CNBC that refugees wouldn't be streaming into Europe if Syria’s President Assad was removed from power.

  • The difficulties of combating terrorism Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    The difficulties of combating terrorism

    Torbjorn Soltvedt, deputy head of Middle East and North Africa at Verisk Maplecroft, discusses the threat of ISIS and terrorism around the world.

  • Bad to worse: ISIS brings fight to Syrian capital Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 PM ET
    Syrian opposition forces use tunnels as shelter from air attacks in Damascus, Syria, April 5, 2015.

    The arrival of ISIS in Syria's capital threatens Syria's government and brings the group closer to some of the region's last stable countries.

  • Why Iran's economy won't be opening anytime soon Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 11:22 AM ET
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran's president may sincerely want to liberalize his country's economy, but that's unlikely to happen—for now, anyway.

  • Six boiling cauldrons around the world Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Tensions are boiling over in several regions around the world, from Venezuela to Ukraine to the Middle East. Here is a quick guide.

  • Pres. Obama's UN address focuses on Middle East Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 10:10 AM ET
    Pres. Obama's UN address focuses on Middle East

    President Obama addresses the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. In his speech he calls for world leaders to stand up to Syrian President Assad over his use of chemical weapons through diplomatic measure. But the President also counters that the U.S. is "prepared to us all elements of our power, including military force" to secure our core interest in the region.

  • Assad's money trail is hard to trace Friday, 20 Sep 2013 | 12:47 PM ET
    Syrian President Bashar Assad

    With interests in real estate, airlines, energy and telecommunications, the Syrian regime is believed to control a fortune worth billions.

  • Assad's hidden fortune Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 4:49 PM ET
    Assad's hidden fortune

    Despite the average income in Syria being about $2,600 a year, President Bashar Assad's personal wealth is estimated at $500 million. CNBC's Scott Cohn has the story.

  • Will Assad declare all his weapons? Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 7:52 PM ET
    Will Assad declare all his weapons?

    Does the U.S. believe Syria's president Bashar Assad is willing to simply hand over his chemical weapons, and is the plan feasible? NBC News' military analyst Gen. Barry McCaffrey, offers insight.

  • What's driving US foreign policy on Syria? Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 11:08 AM ET
    What's driving US foreign policy on Syria?

    CNBC's John Harwood has the latest details on the President's case for Syria. And Howard Dean, former Democratic National Committee chairman, and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), disagree on President Obama's handling of the Syrian crisis and placing Russia in the middle of the diplomatic action.

  • President Obama sending 'mixed messages': Cohen Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 10:17 AM ET
    President Obama sending 'mixed messages': Cohen

    Former Defense Secretary William Cohen, explains why he thinks President Obama's tactics on Syria are confusing, and provides insight on what is likely going on behind the scenes.

  • Obama asks Congress to postpone Syria vote Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | 8:30 AM ET
    Obama asks Congress to postpone Syria vote

    CNBC's Eamon Javers provides highlights from President Obama's address to the nation on his diplomatic route on Syria.