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The latest on Syria

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Fragmentation and perceived bias: The shortcomings of US policy towards tribes in Syria

The fragmentation and divisions that plague the Arab tribal population in northeastern Syria played a major role in the US’s decision not to rely primarily on tribal auxiliaries in its fight against ISIS.

MENASource by Haian Dukhan and Ammar Alhamad

Middle East Syria

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



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

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

Qaddour joins Al Arabiya to discuss the Syrian American vote in the 2020 election

In the News

Elections Middle East

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Will US troops actually leave Syria in exchange for hostages?

While the talks between Washington and the Bashar al-Assad regime may be in its early stages, Donald Trump may want to secure some pre-election victories by securing the release of hostages and the return of soldiers.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Qaddour joins MEI to discuss Syria and US policy post-election

In the News

Elections Middle East

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

In the News

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
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