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Tue, Oct 6, 2020

I survived Assad’s torture—here’s why I’m a proud advocate of the Caesar Act

The Caesar Act is not the solution, but an important tool that the US and the international community must use alongside others to end the killing in my homeland.

MENASource by Omar Alshogre

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria

On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.

MENASource by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Reliable no more? The current state of the Syrian armed forces

The current conflict has truly impacted the configuration of the Bashar al-Assad regime as well as the structure and orientation of its military institution, putting the latter’s loyalty in question.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Conflict Middle East

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Tue, Oct 6, 2020

I survived Assad’s torture—here’s why I’m a proud advocate of the Caesar Act

The Caesar Act is not the solution, but an important tool that the US and the international community must use alongside others to end the killing in my homeland.

MENASource by Omar Alshogre

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Qaddour quoted in Foreign Policy on Syrian Americans and a possible Biden administration

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Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria

On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.

MENASource by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Reliable no more? The current state of the Syrian armed forces

The current conflict has truly impacted the configuration of the Bashar al-Assad regime as well as the structure and orientation of its military institution, putting the latter’s loyalty in question.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Conflict Middle East

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

The limits of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and what Syrians can learn

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s shortcomings provide multiple lessons for future accountability in Syria.

MENASource by Reem Salahi and Bachar El-Halabi

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

Caesar Act: The Syrian people are sapped while Assad grows stronger

The Bashar al-Assad regime is unconcerned about Syrian lives and, thus, worsening economic misery is unlikely to shift its calculations.

MENASource by Qussai Jukhadar & Elizabeth Tsurkov

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

The Caesar Act might alter the UAE’s normalization policy with Syria

Even if the US chooses to withhold more punitive measures against Emirati entities for the time being, Abu Dhabi’s posture of rapprochement with Syria may come under closer scrutiny from Washington down the road.

MENASource by Emily Santucci

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Will nine years of war and deteriorating governance spark a new movement inside Syria?

Unbearable living conditions and a lack of hope in both the Assad regime and the international community have pushed Syrians to a new level of anger and outrage. It would be a mistake to think that this alone will push people to act after nine years of war and so much loss. However, it would be a bigger mistake to let this opportunity slip without trying to seize it in order to bring positive change to the Syrian people who are so desperately in need of it.

MENASource by Noura Darwish

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

The Syrian regime wheels and deals minorities to remain in power

The Bashar al-Assad regime operates merely to preserve itself, undermining chances of Syrians uniting across religious and ethnic lines.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour

Politics & Diplomacy Syria