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Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The Assad regime faces a Rubik’s Cube of challenges in 2021

The coming year will likely present the Bashar al-Assad regime with a perplexing stalemate as it attempts to navigate a political, economic, and security landscape beset with a Rubik’s Cube of challenges.

MENASource by Nizar Mohamad and Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Five decades of Baathism survived because of nationalism

Implicit in understanding the role of nationalism in maintaining the Assad regime’s survival is exploring the extent to which this ideology has given support to it.

MENASource by Rahaf Aldoughli

Middle East Syria

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Russian aid in Syria: An underestimated instrument of soft power

Free from needing outside help by the international community, Russia’s self-sufficient aid ecosystem undermines, devalues, and rivals UN-led efforts in Syria, threatens to erode trust in the wider aid system, and provides a dangerous alternative narrative about the humanitarian environment in Syria for the Bashar al-Assad regime.

MENASource by Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

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Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The Assad regime faces a Rubik’s Cube of challenges in 2021

The coming year will likely present the Bashar al-Assad regime with a perplexing stalemate as it attempts to navigate a political, economic, and security landscape beset with a Rubik’s Cube of challenges.

MENASource by Nizar Mohamad and Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Five decades of Baathism survived because of nationalism

Implicit in understanding the role of nationalism in maintaining the Assad regime’s survival is exploring the extent to which this ideology has given support to it.

MENASource by Rahaf Aldoughli

Middle East Syria

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Russian aid in Syria: An underestimated instrument of soft power

Free from needing outside help by the international community, Russia’s self-sufficient aid ecosystem undermines, devalues, and rivals UN-led efforts in Syria, threatens to erode trust in the wider aid system, and provides a dangerous alternative narrative about the humanitarian environment in Syria for the Bashar al-Assad regime.

MENASource by Jonathan Robinson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Pity the nation: Assessing a half century of Assadist rule

The Syrian uprising is a more damning referendum on the Assad family legacy than any judgement that might be rendered by outsiders.

MENASource by Steven Heydemann

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Limited and constrained: The Biden administration and the prospects of a Syria policy

While any departure from the Trump administration’s transactional and inconsistent leadership is welcomed, the hopes surrounding the incoming Biden administration’s return to engagement in Syria requires more in-depth scrutiny.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

2021 budget reveals the depth of Syria’s economic woes

Unless a political settlement is reached and the sanctions are lifted to enable reconstruction, the economy of regime-held Syria will continue to struggle.

MENASource by William Christou and Karam Shaar

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Qaddour quoted in VOA on Syria Constitution talks

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Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

ICMP report highlights need to launch missing persons process for Syria

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.

MENASource by Kathryne Bomberger

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

How a Biden presidency could change US relations with the rest of the world

We asked experts from around the Atlantic Council to preview what the election of Joe Biden as US president will mean for countries, big and small, all across the world. Here’s a quick spin around the globe as we preview what lies ahead for US foreign policy under Joe Biden:

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Africa East Asia

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

Factbox: Iranian influence and presence in Syria

This factbox presents a limited summary of Iran's military and security power in Syria, revealing the extent of its sway over Syrian society and its economy.

MENASource by Navvar Saban

Iran Middle East
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