Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Itani Quoted in News Deeply on the Russian-Led De-Escalation Agreement

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In the News by Faysal Itani


Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Considering a US Protectorate in Syria

On January 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered some long-awaited clarity on US policy in post-ISIS Syria. As recently as a few weeks ago some observers (including this author) did not believe the United States would stay in Syria at all after defeating the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh). Secretary Tillerson presented an […]

Rebuilding Syria by Faysal Itani


Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Lessons Learned: A Year After the Fall of Aleppo

This past December marks one year since Aleppo fell back into regime control following six years of fighting and a bloody aerial bombing campaign. This put an end to the most violent theatre of war in Syria; marked by the departure of those expelled from Aleppo on the last convoy on December 22 to the […]

Rebuilding Syria by Abdullah Almousa

Wed, Dec 20, 2017

The Kurdish School Curriculum in Syria: A Step Towards Self-Rule?

The Kurds in northern Syria have established their own education system in what they call Rojava, unfettered by the central government in Damascus, after taking control of the area following the Syrian regime’s withdrawal. This has been achieved through rolling out a Kurdish curriculum, which has so far been introduced for Kurdish (non-Arab) pupils in […]

Rebuilding Syria by Sardar Mlla Drwish


Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Assad’s Political Investments in Reconstruction: Rewarding Regime Loyalists and Allies through Suspicious Deals

A few months ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered a speech to Syrian expatriate businessmen announcing his imminent military victory over “terrorism” thanks to the support of his Russian and Iranian Allies. In his speech, Assad promised loyalists and businessmen a share in reconstruction while stressing that the US, Gulf, and other western companies would have […]

Rebuilding Syria by Hosam al-Jablawi


Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Reconstruction Funds Will Not Change Assad’s Behavior in Syria

The promise of foreign reconstruction aid will not induce cooperation from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is why international efforts to rebuild the war-ravaged country should focus on local solutions, removed from the regime’s sphere of influence, according to an Atlantic Council analyst. “A regime that would rather have gone through what it had to […]

New Atlanticist

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Itani Quoted in PBS on Syria Disappearances Exhibit

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In the News by Faysal Itani


Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Rebuilding Syria

Read the Publication (PDF) Rebuilding Syria by Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Faysal Itani and independent international security analyst Tobias Schneider, focuses on large, strategic policy questions: Why should the international community help rebuild Syria? Should it work with the Syrian government? If so, can the promise of rebuilding be used as leverage? Who are the […]

Rebuilding Syria by Faysal Itani and Tobias Schneider

Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Education in Syria Needs More Than Short-Term Solutions

Syria’s situation—the massive amount of discussion, fragmented governance, and ongoing fighting—are not going to disappear anytime soon, and education models in Syria need to better adapt to it to address the growing learning gap. Although many organizations have programs to address education gaps for Syrian students, their approaches—focusing on access over quality, building traditional schools, […]

Rebuilding Syria by Kinana Qaddour


Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Hof Quoted in US News on the Assad Regime and the Future of ISIS

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In the News by Frederic Hof