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Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The uncounted: Life after war for Syria’s living martyrs

For all Syrians, honoring the men who died fighting for their side’s cause is a central social event. But while martyrs are immortalized in life-sized posters on every street corner, wounded fighters, known as “living martyrs,” risk becoming outcasts in their communities.

SyriaSource by Gregory Waters

Conflict Syria

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

The relentless assault on Idlib

The relentless airstrikes campaign on Idlib by the Syrian regime and Russia air forces predicted by many analysts, including this author, remains a defining battlefield to the regime in the Syrian conflict, nine years later. Seen as a last opposition stronghold populated by extremists and a millions of civilians and internally displaced people (IDP), Idlib province and its surroundings are a deadly place.

SyriaSource by Reema Hibrawi

Conflict Corruption

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Looking back at 2019: Our top five blogs

It was an especially bleak year for Syria as displacement across the country continued especially in Idlib province. Below are our top five blogs in 2019 that touched on these important issues that captured the attention of our readers.

SyriaSource by Reema Hibrawi

Corruption Political Reform



Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus is exacerbating the precarious situation of Syrian refugees and IDPs

As the countries across the world attempt to grapple with the unfolding pandemic, there is a real risk of overlooking the situation of refugees, who due to their living conditions are among the most vulnerable to a serious outbreak. The pandemic comes at a particularly precarious time as the future of Idlib and the EU-Turkey migration deal are in doubt.

MENASource by Pınar Dost

Coronavirus Human Rights

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Amid US uncertainty in Syria, Kurdish YPG eyes bolstering ties with Russia

The YPG leadership is said to be reassessing the strategic importance of its ties with what is an increasingly unreliable Washington, and is looking to further diversify its portfolio of international partners, with an eye toward strengthening ties with Russia.

MENASource by Matthew Ayton

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Idlib presents Europe with another migration test

"The case should be made for a partial reengagement of Europe towards Turkey," Ambassador Michel Duclos says. "A coalition of willing should help Turkey—especially in the field of counterterrorism—to assure an effective implementation of the Moscow agreement as the only way to avoid the above scenario of a reconquest of the region by Assad."

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict European Union

Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Pseudo diplomacy in Syria

For nine years the West has chosen, in the context of Syria, to deny real power to its diplomats and its diplomacy.

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

Simakovsky joins TRT to discuss Erdogan-Putin meeting

Eurasia Center senior fellow Mark Simakovksy joins TRT's Newsmakers to discuss how Russia's intervention in Syria and the relationship between Turkey and Russia affects Turkey's ties to NATO and US policy in the region.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict NATO

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Bryza joins TRT World to discuss the humanitarian and military crisis in northern Syria’s Idlib Province

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Factbox: The Syrian regime’s push in Idlib province

This factbox aims to shed light on the latest developments, the humanitarian consequences, and the key actors involved.

MENASource by Kyle Thetford

Conflict Middle East

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Bryza joins TNT World to discuss Syrian army’s attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Mon, Mar 2, 2020

Katz in Responsible Statecraft: Putin’s courtship of both Assad and Erdogan is spinning out of control in Syria

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Bryza joins Voice of America (Russian) to discuss Syrian regime’s military attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy