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Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Afghanistan demonstrates why it’s time for a clear Syria policy, starting with northeast Syria

If Afghanistan is to teach us anything, the Biden administration should not ignore Syria by having a non-existent policy. The longer the Syrian conflict continues, the more intractable and unmanageable it becomes.

MENASource by Reem Salahi

Middle East Syria

Tue, Jul 13, 2021

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: What does its closure mean for Lebanon?

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is set to cease operations at the end of July due to lack of funds as Beirut sinks deeper into economic and political crisis. Atlantic Council experts react to what the closure means for Lebanon.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford, David Daoud, Gissou Nia, Reem Salahi

Lebanon Middle East

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

Strapped for dollars, the Syrian government is forcing its citizens to pay up

A decade since the start of the popular uprising, the Syrian lira is in an unprecedented freefall after years of armed conflict, an economic crisis in neighboring Lebanon, deep-seated corruption and cronyism, and Western economic sanctions targeting Syrian government officials as well as Syrian-operated industries.

MENASource by Reem Salahi

Human Rights Middle East

Reem Salahi is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs. Reem focuses on civil society engagement and governance in Syria, accountability, human rights, and international law.

Salahi is a senior advisor to the International Commission on Missing Person’s (ICMP) Syria/MENA program and prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she had been a nonresident scholar with the Middle East Institute’s Syria program. Salahi had previously served as a technical advisor to Adam Smith International’s Syria governance project. Between 2015-2017, Salahi acted as a Chief of Party for the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), a US-based legal nonprofit organization, where she worked closely with Syrian civil society actors and groups on human rights and transitional justice matters. She also supported PILPG’s Syria negotiation work in Astana. Since 2017, Salahi has worked as a consultant and researcher on a variety of issues including missing persons, governance, civil society engagement, religious minorities, and housing, land, and property (HLP) rights in Syria.

Salahi is a US-certified lawyer and formerly, a civil rights litigator at the ACLU of Southern California and Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP (currently, Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, LLP). She was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan in 2004. Salahi received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies with minors in Arabic and Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.