Past events

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Regional expansionism: Iran’s militias in the Levant

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – A discussion on how the current administration, and a possible future Democratic administration, might address the grave risks of Iran’s regional expansionism in the Levant.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT Iran Middle East Security & Defense Syria

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

The status of the fight against ISIS

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – Discussion on the challenges facing US and European policymakers to avoid an ISIS revival and ways to support local partners and communities to ensure their protection against the Islamic State.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT Middle East Security & Defense Syria

Thu, Apr 30, 2020

The future of Idlib and Syrian IDPs

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – US Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS Ambassador James F. Jeffrey and Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ambassador İbrahim Kalın join the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY and Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East to discuss the future of Idlib and Syrian IDPs. The webinar will take place at 5:00 p.m. Turkey time / 10:00 am EDT.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT Conflict Human Rights Middle East Migration

Wed, May 22, 2019

Ambassador Duclos discusses the influence of Russia and Iran in Syria

Russia and Iran are allies in Syria not out of mutual sympathy, but for pragmatic reasons. Iranian leaders were instrumental in convincing Vladimir Putin to send his air force to Syria to support Bashar al-Assad in September 2015, and the two countries cooperate within Syria to this day. However, various episodes highlight the limits of what looks like an alliance of convenience.

12:00pm Conflict Politics & Diplomacy 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


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Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Syria after the fall of Kabul: A European perspective

There is at least one common factor between Syria and Afghanistan: just as the Taliban has not changed once it took back power, the Bashar al-Assad regime will not change once its power is affirmed.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Renewed hostilities in Daraa offer lessons and opportunities in Syria. But will Washington pay attention?

Prolonged unrest in the south highlights rifts within the pro-Bashar al-Assad camp, notably between Iran and Damascus on one side and Russia on the other, potentially presenting a unique opportunity for diplomacy.

MENASource by Alexander Langlois

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Does treating Syria as a State Sponsor of Terrorism advance or hold back US national security interests?

In 1979, the United States designated Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism, putting it on its first-ever such list along with Libya, Iraq, and the former South Yemen.

Article by Nate Rosenblatt

Middle East National Security

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Afghanistan demonstrates why it’s time for a clear Syria policy, starting with northeast Syria

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.

MENASource by Reem Salahi

Middle East Syria

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

Al-Masri quoted in the Times on recent Syria clashes

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

To honor two generations of service members, prevent the next GWOT ribbon

Today, executive and legislative actions signal a shift: America’s military footprint in the Middle East is shrinking and thousands of troops are coming home.

MENASource by Caroline Donnal

Afghanistan Iraq

Wed, Sep 1, 2021

On the way out like Afghanistan? The Biden administration’s Syria policy labyrinth

The United States’ narrow objectives and continuous wait-and-see approach are not sustainable and the likelihood is that America’s rivals in Syria would work towards a US departure.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Syria

Tue, Aug 10, 2021

This organization is working with armed groups to protect Syrian civilians. Here’s how they do it.

While international efforts have not succeeded in ending the civil war in Syria, the humanitarian organization, Geneva Call aims to reduce violations committed by armed non-state actors against civilians.

MENASource by Francois Zankih

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Aug 9, 2021

Qaddour quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Syria’s future

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Sat, Aug 7, 2021

The situation in Daraa is dire. Here’s how it might play out.

Daraa province hasn’t witnessed a military campaign like this since the Bashar al-Assad regime took control of the province in July 2018.

MENASource by Navvar Saban and Manaf Kuman

Conflict Middle East