SyriaSource followed the dynamics in Syria through in-depth analysis of the impact of the conflict on Syria, its neighbors and the international community. Amplifying a diverse range of Syrian and regional voices—to reach both English—and Arabic-speaking audiences, SyriaSource transforms their words from strong but distant ideas to resounding perspectives not often heard among Washington and international policymakers. For the latest work on Syria, please visit MENASource.
The latest on Syria
MENASourceDec 1, 2022
Rebel infighting foreshadows the next phase of the Syrian conflict
By Malik al-Abdeh and Lars Hauch
The resultant clashes would probably have been largely ignored as just another chapter in the endless saga of rebel factionalism. However, when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham directly intervened, the issue attracted considerable attention beyond the microcosm of Syria’s armed opposition landscape.
MENASourceNov 14, 2022
How a former al-Qaeda affiliate became an existential threat and a wake-up call for the Syrian opposition
By Ömer Özkizilcik
The entry and forced withdrawal of Afrin city by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) shook local dynamics and may ultimately serve as a wake-up call for the Syrian opposition.
MENASourceAug 4, 2022
Russia is forming an alliance of pariah states in the Middle East. It might put Israel in an awkward situation in Syria.
By Ksenia Svetlova
For lack of other options, Russia is opening to Iran and is preparing to establish a new alliance of pariah states with the Islamic Republic—to the detriment of Jerusalem.
MENASourceMar 24, 2022
Action must be taken to award reparations to victims of Russian war crimes
By Jomana Qaddour, Celeste Kmiotek
The international community is overdue for an overhaul of the legal tools accessible to victims of state-sponsored crimes in the twenty-first century. Perhaps justice mechanisms for Ukraine and Syria can stymie such impunity once and for all.
MENASourceMar 9, 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine happened because the world gave Vladimir Putin a free pass in Syria
By Marwan Safar Jalani
Now that the world can finally—albeit belatedly—see Vladimir Putin for what he is, Syrians hope that the world views their plight for democracy and freedom in Syria with more solidarity.
MENASourceFeb 24, 2022
Syria has a water crisis. And it’s not going away.
By Aurora Sottimano and Nabil Samman
The current water crisis wasn’t entirely unexpected. Profound changes to Syria’s hydrology have been taking place for decades due to mismanagement, climate change, economic growth, intensified water use, and heightened competition for water across international boundaries.
MENASourceFeb 10, 2022
A perpetrator of Syrian crimes against humanity went free in France. Here’s why it shouldn’t happen again
By Michel Duclos
If the scope for changing the course of events in Syria is limited, it’s honorable to take a stand against the abominable crimes of the Bashar al-Assad regime. It would be a great pity for France to be seen as a safe haven for Assad’s accomplices.
SyriaSourceJan 29, 2020
The uncounted: Life after war for Syria’s living martyrs
By Gregory Waters
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.
SyriaSourceDec 24, 2019
The relentless assault on Idlib
By Reema Hibrawi
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.
SyriaSourceDec 24, 2019
Looking back at 2019: Our top five blogs
By Reema Hibrawi
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.
SyriaSourceDec 18, 2019
Hof’s analysis of Susan Rice’s Syria comments
By Frederic C. Hof
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.
SyriaSourceDec 10, 2019
Life after war: The impact of conflict on Syrian artists
By Natasha Hall
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 […]
SyriaSourceDec 6, 2019
Reconstruction and security sector reform in Syria must go hand in hand
By Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert
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 […]
SyriaSourceNov 8, 2019
The death of Baghdadi: How ISIS used al-Qaeda’s mistakes to grow a caliphate
By Amanda E. Rogers
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 […]
SyriaSourceNov 7, 2019
Journalists in northeast Syria fear the return of state security services
By Dan Wilkofsky
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 […]