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Fri, Dec 21, 2018

James Mattis: Leading by example

Consistent with his record of service, he has chosen the path of honorable exit.  In this administration he will likely be alone.

New Atlanticist by Frederic C. Hof

Defense Policy Syria

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Wechsler quoted in Associated Press on Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria

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In the News by William Wechsler

Syria

Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Act in haste, repent at leisure

An American president impetuously overrules his national security team with a sudden decision on Syria; one that pleases the Kremlin, undermines US policy, and damages his own credibility. Essentially unmoored to the national security apparatus over which he presides, the president—strongly influenced by the views of a foreign leader—thinks he knows best in any event. […]

Rebuilding Syria by Frederic C. Hof

Syria

Fri, Nov 30, 2018

Smart agriculture in Syria

Advanced technological solutions are not limited to technologically advanced societies. Numerous examples in Syria show the use of innovative solutions for real world problems using open source technology: 3D printed prosthetics for amputees, renewable energy in cities under siege, and now aquaponics in damaged farmlands. The use of smart agriculture can help provide for people’s […]

Rebuilding Syria by Flavius Mihaies

Syria

Wed, Nov 28, 2018

A short tribute to Raed Fares

I first met Raed Fares in November 2015 when he spoke at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. I had learned about his work as an activist however much earlier in the Syrian conflict, especially his role in organizing local sit-ins in his northern Syrian town of Kafr Nabl. Locals were […]

Rebuilding Syria by Faysal Itani

Syria

Mon, Sep 10, 2018

Has the US given up on stabilization efforts in Syria?

The Trump administration announced last month that it would not be releasing the over $200 million in State Department funds destined for stabilization operations in Syria, which were “frozen” by President Trump earlier in March this year pending comprehensive review.

Rebuilding Syria by Emily Burchfield

Syria

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

What Exactly is the US Policy Toward Iran?

On July 22, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed an audience that included many members of the Iranian diaspora. The speech focused on the Iranian regime as a danger to its own people and to US interests—kleptocratic, terroristic, and totalitarian. The accusations were specific and the language was strong which could indicate a harsh […]

Rebuilding Syria by Faysal Itani

Syria

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

What Exactly is the US Policy Toward Iran?

On July 22, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed an audience that included many members of the Iranian diaspora. The speech focused on the Iranian regime as a danger to its own people and to US interests—kleptocratic, terroristic, and totalitarian. The accusations were specific and the language was strong which could indicate a harsh […]

IranSource by Faysal Itani

Iran Syria

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Here’s Why Syrian Women Need to be Included More in Peacebuilding

Since the start of the Syrian war in 2011, Syrian women have been involved in all aspects of the conflict: from fighting, demonstrating and documenting war crimes to providing humanitarian relief and local politics. Syrian women, who make up more than 50 percent of the Syrian population, are also taking on a more active role […]

Rebuilding Syria by Renee Coulouris

Syria

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

The Resilience of Agriculture in Syria Amid Conflict

In January 2018, Syria Independent Monitoring published a research report titled “Understanding Market Drivers in Syria” in which it conducted field research into the olive/olive oil and spice/herb market systems in northeastern and northwestern Syria to assess the flow of food commodities—that has been highly impacted by the conflict —in the dynamic and adaptable agricultural markets that […]

Rebuilding Syria by Savannah Carter

Syria