Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein

Aaron Stein is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

War & Conflict

The intentions of Syrian Kurds with self-administration

From the outset of the Syrian conflict, the PYD has pursued its own self-declared interests.

The intentions of Syrian Kurds with self-administration

War & Conflict

The Syrian Civil War has become a perpetual conflict

Regardless of progress made towards the defeat of ISIL, the actors involved in Syria remain hostile to one another.

The Syrian Civil War has become a perpetual conflict

War & Conflict

The bell tolls for Turkey and the PKK

As the armed conflict deepens in Turkey, political leaders are burning political bridges needed to end the violence.

The bell tolls for Turkey and the PKK

War & Conflict

The YPG: America's new best friend?

The YPG may seem to be good allies on paper, but if Syria's central regions are alienated it may cause more trouble.

The YPG: America's new best friend?

War & Conflict

What Idlib takeover means for Turkey

Ankara welcomed the news of Assad's defeat in Idlib but it may have come with a price.

What Idlib takeover means for Turkey

Politics

How Turkey misread the Kurds

Turkey appears to have overlooked the anger bubbling among its own Kurds towards its Syria policy.

How Turkey misread the Kurds

War & Conflict

For Turkey, it's all about regime change in Syria

Ankara won't intervene in Kobane - or elsewhere in Syria - unless the anti-ISIL operation hits Assad

For Turkey, it's all about regime change in Syria

Politics

Iraq, ISIL and the region's choices

Even if ISIL is halted before it reaches Baghdad, it has left virtually every regional actor scrambling for a response.

Iraq, ISIL and the region's choices