Policy Papers

IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015

IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015

Strategics Sectors | Security & Politics Sectarian Policies in the Middle East Region: the Confessionalisation of Political Conflict Radwan, Ziadeh Executive Director Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Washington, DC

The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels

The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels

September 2014 | Félix Legrand Source: Arab Reform Initiative PDF report here As calls emerge for cooperation with the Assad regime to help roll back the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Felix Legrand argues that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only actor in the conflict with the capacity

Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

Source: International Crises Group Beirut/Brussels | 9 Sep 2014 Read full report here Syria is sliding toward unending war between an autocratic, sectarian regime and the even more autocratic, more sectarian jihadi group that has made dramatic gains in both Syria and Iraq. Without either a ceasefire in Aleppo or greater support from its state backers,

The impossible partition of Syria

The impossible partition of Syria

Source: Arab Reform Initiative, October 2013 , by Mustafa Khalifa     The idea of a partition of Syria along sectarian boundaries has been circulating among pro-government circles, reaching the ears of Western commentators, as a way to partially save the Syrian regime, restore peace and protect the Alawite minority from a feared Sunni victory.

Syria’s Military Opposition: How Effective, United, or Extremist? How Effective, United, or Extremist?

Syria’s Military Opposition: How Effective, United, or Extremist? How Effective, United, or Extremist?

Source: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Jeffrey White, Andrew J. Tabler, and Aaron Y. Zelin September 2013 Many options for direct military action in Syria have been on the table, ranging from token strikes with small numbers of weapons to much broader operations such as attacks on leadership targets or the imposition of

The Muslim Brotherhood in a New Syria

The Muslim Brotherhood in a New Syria

Struggling to Adapt: The Muslim Brotherhood in a New Syria Source: Carnegie Middle East Center Aron Lund | Paper May 7, 2013

Sectarian Violence in Syria’s Civil War

Sectarian Violence in Syria’s Civil War

Causes, Consequences, and Recommendations for Mitigation A Paper Commissioned by The Center for the Prevention of Genocide

Syria’s Uprising

Syria’s Uprising

Syria’s Uprising: sectarianism, regionalisation, and state order in the Levant By Steven Heydemann (16/05/2013)   As the Syrian revolution enters its third year, the risks to regional stability are escalating. Violence has spilled over all of Syria’s borders.

The Alawite Dilemma in Homs

The Alawite Dilemma in Homs

Syria’s Alawites are often portrayed as a monolithic religious community which has unconditionally…

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