SyriaSource Sep 9, 2016
Analysis: How Evacuating al-Waer and ‘Other Darayyas’ Will Help Assad
By Annia Ciezadlo
BEIRUT – A little girl shakes violently, crying as two men soothe her burned skin with mud, the only first aid they can find. A little boy trembles and screams as adults try to find gauze to put on his burns. Other photos, too horrible to share, show the charred bodies of two-year-old Hamza and seven-month-old […]
MENASource Nov 16, 2020
ICMP report highlights need to launch missing persons process for Syria
By Kathryne Bomberger
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.
MENASourceJan 21, 2022
The Biden administration’s Syria policy sets a path towards disengagement. Here’s why it’s problematic.
By Abdulrahman al-Masri, Reem Salahi
It appears that the Joe Biden administration isn’t only deprioritizing Syria due to a cramped foreign policy agenda, but more clearly pronouncing a lack of strategic interest and an official approach of disengagement.
New AtlanticistJan 14, 2022
Germany has sentenced a Syrian colonel to life for crimes against humanity. Will others face the same fate?
Now that Anwar Raslan is behind bars, activists are hoping his conviction paves the way for other bad actors of the Syrian regime to be prosecuted.
MENASourceSep 3, 2021
Afghanistan demonstrates why it’s time for a clear Syria policy, starting with northeast Syria
By Reem Salahi
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.
Reem Salahi was a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs. Reem focused on civil society engagement and governance in Syria, accountability, human rights, and international law.
Salahi was 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.