About the Author

Senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. policy in the Levant. Tabler achieved unparalleled long-term access to Bashar al-Assad's Syria. He has lived, worked and studied extensively in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Mr. Tabler has interviewed Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, Israeli president Shimon Peres, the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, slain Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, and former Lebanese prime ministers Fouad Siniora and Saad Hariri. His articles and opinion pieces on Middle East affairs and U.S. foreign policy have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. He has also appeared in interviews with CNN, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, and the BBC.He is author of "Syria's Collapse and How Washington Can Stop It" (Foreign Affairs, July-August 2013) and the 2011 book In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria (Lawrence Hill Books).

Syria Violence Triggers U.S.-Russia Talks Breakdown

“On Lunch Break” with Wall Street Journal reporter Tanya Rivero, Past Fellow Andrew Tabler discusses tensions between the U.S. and Syria deepened this week as the U.S. pulled out of talks with Russia aimed at reducing violence in Syria’s civil war. Andrew is a Washington Institute Senior Fellow.

The Case for (Finally) Bombing Assad

In this August 3, 2016, NYT Opinion piece, Dennis Ross and past ICWA Fellow Andrew Tabler urge the US administration to take action against Syrian government forces and President Bashar al-Assad.

Andrew Tabler Only Analyst Quoted in NYT Article on Assad Speech

The New York Times – In a recent speech, Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad appeared to reject humanitarian relief and all attempts to peacefully end the civil war raging in the country. Past ICWA Fellow Andrew Tabler, now a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was the sole analyst quoted in David E. Sanger and

Best Bad Idea for America in Syria

CNN – In his latest article, Andrew Tabler writes about the deteriorating situation in Syria. Four years after the crisis began Syria is the world’s largest generator of Sunni-Shia extremism, both Russia and Iran are moving into the country militarily and the possible courses of action for the United States in Syria continue to worsen.

Can Russia Make a Difference in Syria’s War?

PBS Newshour – Over the past month Russia has been increasing its military involvement in the war in Syria by providing supplies and equipment, including attack aircraft, to the Assad regime. Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour interviewed Past Fellow Andrew Tabler, now of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Nikolas Gvosdev of the

Assad’s Draft Drives Refugees to Europe

The Daily Beast – Past ICWA Fellow Andrew Tabler is quoted in Kristina Jovanovski’s recent piece on the Syiran refugee crisis in Europe.  Javanovski describes how the mounting efforts to draft young Syrian men into Bashar al-Assad’s military are driving increasing numbers Syrians to leave the country. According to Tabler, “The

U.S. Warns Russia Over Military Support for Assad

The New York Times – Andrew Tabler was quoted in Michael R. Gordon’s recent piece on rising US-Russian tensions over Syria.  Tabler commented on the differing views in Russia concerning support for President Bashar al-Assad, saying; “The escalation is completely in keeping with hard-line Russian positions on Assad, which are juxtaposed

The New Great Game

Foreign Affairs – In his latest analysis on the war in Syria, past ICWA Fellow Andrew Tabler reveals how regional powers are steadily claiming spheres of influence in the disintegrating country, redrawing Syria’s map and, in the process, reshaping the balance of power in the Middle East. Click here to read “The New Great Game”.

Andrew J. Tabler Newsletters

Fellowship Years: 2005 – 2006 Fellowship Area(s): Lebanon, Syria, Egypt The Gathering Storm Rally ’round the Flag When the Press Gathers in Damascus The Tsunami The Ties That Unwind Op Ed: How to Deal with Syria: Find out who’s in Charge Lebanon’s Twilight Zone Hizbollah: Besides God’s Party, Whose? Blowing off Steam Democracy to the