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The Latest on Syria

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The Assad regime faces a Rubik’s Cube of challenges in 2021

The coming year will likely present the Bashar al-Assad regime with a perplexing stalemate as it attempts to navigate a political, economic, and security landscape beset with a Rubik’s Cube of challenges.

MENASource by Nizar Mohamad and Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Five decades of Baathism survived because of nationalism

Implicit in understanding the role of nationalism in maintaining the Assad regime’s survival is exploring the extent to which this ideology has given support to it.

MENASource by Rahaf Aldoughli

Middle East Syria

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Russian aid in Syria: An underestimated instrument of soft power

Free from needing outside help by the international community, Russia’s self-sufficient aid ecosystem undermines, devalues, and rivals UN-led efforts in Syria, threatens to erode trust in the wider aid system, and provides a dangerous alternative narrative about the humanitarian environment in Syria for the Bashar al-Assad regime.

MENASource by Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Pity the nation: Assessing a half century of Assadist rule

The Syrian uprising is a more damning referendum on the Assad family legacy than any judgement that might be rendered by outsiders.

MENASource by Steven Heydemann

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Limited and constrained: The Biden administration and the prospects of a Syria policy

While any departure from the Trump administration’s transactional and inconsistent leadership is welcomed, the hopes surrounding the incoming Biden administration’s return to engagement in Syria requires more in-depth scrutiny.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

2021 budget reveals the depth of Syria’s economic woes

Unless a political settlement is reached and the sanctions are lifted to enable reconstruction, the economy of regime-held Syria will continue to struggle.

MENASource by William Christou and Karam Shaar

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

ICMP report highlights need to launch missing persons process for Syria

While the present Syrian government is unlikely to cooperate, much can be done in the short and medium term to lay the groundwork for a sustainable and credible process. Finding more than 130,000 missing persons will require investigations across Syria and beyond.

MENASource by Kathryne Bomberger

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

Factbox: Iranian influence and presence in Syria

This factbox presents a limited summary of Iran’s military and security power in Syria, revealing the extent of its sway over Syrian society and its economy.

MENASource by Navvar Saban

Iran Middle East

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Will US troops actually leave Syria in exchange for hostages?

While the talks between Washington and the Bashar al-Assad regime may be in its early stages, Donald Trump may want to secure some pre-election victories by securing the release of hostages and the return of soldiers.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

I survived Assad’s torture—here’s why I’m a proud advocate of the Caesar Act

The Caesar Act is not the solution, but an important tool that the US and the international community must use alongside others to end the killing in my homeland.

MENASource by Omar Alshogre

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy


Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The uncounted: Life after war for Syria’s living martyrs

For all Syrians, honoring the men who died fighting for their side’s cause is a central social event. But while martyrs are immortalized in life-sized posters on every street corner, wounded fighters, known as “living martyrs,” risk becoming outcasts in their communities.

SyriaSource by Gregory Waters

Conflict Syria

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

The relentless assault on Idlib

The relentless airstrikes campaign on Idlib by the Syrian regime and Russia air forces predicted by many analysts, including this author, remains a defining battlefield to the regime in the Syrian conflict, nine years later. Seen as a last opposition stronghold populated by extremists and a millions of civilians and internally displaced people (IDP), Idlib province and its surroundings are a deadly place.

SyriaSource by Reema Hibrawi

Conflict Corruption

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Looking back at 2019: Our top five blogs

It was an especially bleak year for Syria as displacement across the country continued especially in Idlib province. Below are our top five blogs in 2019 that touched on these important issues that captured the attention of our readers.

SyriaSource by Reema Hibrawi

Corruption Political Reform
The complete destruction in Syria

Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Hof’s analysis of Susan Rice’s Syria comments

Former national security advisor, Susan Rice, recently wrote an op-ed lamenting the lack of options in solving the Syrian crisis, much like Samantha Powers, however, their arguments do not hold up against scrutiny.

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Life after war: The impact of conflict on Syrian artists

After a scrawled graffiti message in Daraa, Syrian artists began to express themselves more than they ever could since the Assad family took power. Revolutionary art exploded on to the global scene during the Arab Spring. Particularly in Syria, artists, writers, and filmmakers found a new voice, free of fear. Defiance, grief, and frustration were […]

SyriaSource by Natasha Hall

Conflict Resilience & Society

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Reconstruction and security sector reform in Syria must go hand in hand

The structure and characteristics of the pre-conflict Syrian security sector contributed heavily to the outbreak of the Syrian civil war; for decades, it stood for corruption, discrimination, violent repression, and large-scale human rights abuses. When the Arab Spring began to unfold in Egypt and Tunisia in early 2011, a group of Syrian school boys got […]

SyriaSource by Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert

Germany Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

After the Syria withdrawal, it’s time the US rethinks the use of proxy forces

Proxy warfare is a 21st century military playbook utilized by great powers, like Russia, and the United States with some using it better than others.

SyriaSource by Mona Alami

Security & Defense Syria

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

The death of Baghdadi: How ISIS used al-Qaeda’s mistakes to grow a caliphate

Optimistic predictions about the end of the Islamic State (ISIS) surged in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s October 27 press conference announcing the death of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but prove misguided in the long term. The threat posed by ISIS remains high, particularly outside the para-state’s previously held territories in […]

SyriaSource by Amanda E. Rogers

Extremism Iraq

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Journalists in northeast Syria fear the return of state security services

US President Donald Trump’s decision in early October to withdraw American troops from the Syria-Turkey border put the US’s local partner in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in an unenviable position. Faced with an offensive by Turkey, NATO’s second largest military, the SDF struck a deal with […]

SyriaSource by Dan Wilkofsky

Conflict Media

Wed, Oct 23, 2019

What the Turkish-Russian deal in Syria means for Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin stands to reap significant rewards from its agreement with Turkey on Syria.

SyriaSource by Frederic C. Hof

Politics & Diplomacy Syria
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