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Report by Aaron Stein and Emily Burchfield

Aug 13, 2019

The future of northeast Syria

Report by Aaron Stein and Emily Burchfield

Executive Summary The future of northeast Syria is unsettled after eight years of civil war and the US intervention to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). It also faces the various divergent interests of powerful external actors, including Russia and Turkey. In mid-April 2019, the Atlantic Council, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the Foreign Policy […]

Resilience & Society Rule of Law

MENASource by Emily Burchfield

Apr 11, 2019

What’s next for Algeria’s popular movement?

MENASource by Emily Burchfield

On the afternoon of April 5, 2019, just three days after the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, demonstrators took to the streets once again after nearly eight weeks of protest. As many predicted, the demand to end Bouteflika’s twenty-year rule was one of many to come.

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SyriaSource by Emily Burchfield

Jan 17, 2019

The influence of domestic politics on foreign policy in Syria

SyriaSource by Emily Burchfield

On January 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israeli forces attacked Iranian weapons warehouses in Damascus the day prior, confirming similar reports by Syrian state media. What is unusual about Netanyahu’s statement is not the content—indeed, Israeli officials previously acknowledged carrying out hundreds of strikes on thousands of Iranian targets in Syria—but the context. The announcement broke with a “policy of ambiguity” under which Israel refuses to claim responsibility immediately after a specific attack; the rationale being to safeguard against potential retaliation. 

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Emily Burchfield was an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, where she managed a wide range of projects aimed at promoting peace and security through scholarship and engagement. Her research focused primarily on civil conflict, its regional implications, and its impact on US foreign policy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Middle East Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Previously a program assistant at the Atlantic Council focusing on Syria, she also has experience as a researcher focused on political, security, and humanitarian developments in Iraq, and working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in both Jordan and the United States. She has co-authored and edited Atlantic Council reports including The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition, The Future of Northeast Syria, and The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region. A frequent contributor to Atlantic Council blogs MENASource and SyriaSource, her analysis has also been published in World Politics Review, RealClearDefense, The National Interest, Georgetown Security Studies Review, and regional outlets.