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To Be Syrian and a Professor: Recipe for Tragedy

To Be Syrian and a Professor: Recipe for Tragedy

Wassim Abdo / 06 Feb 2015 Source: Al-Fanar Media ISTANBUL—Syrian professors have two choices: Stay in their country and risk their lives or scatter to the winds and live largely in isolation.

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Source: Huffington Post Mohammed Alaa Ghanem Posted: 11/06/2014 5:00 pm EST America’s multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. Within six months, ISIS could begin operations near major Jordanian cities and the border with Israel. Within six months, America’s ground partners against ISIS — the moderate Syrian opposition, which has suffered thousands

United States has a role and responsibility in Syria

United States has a role and responsibility in Syria

Source: Alaska Dispatch News   Radwan Ziadeh | September 30, 2014   It has been three and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 that came after the mass demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Superpowers must act: The puzzle of US action in Syria

Superpowers must act: The puzzle of US action in Syria

As the US mulls military involvement in Syria, Ahram Online untangles the diplomatic web of consequences behind direct strikes   Bassem Aly , Friday 29 Aug 2014   Source: Ahramonline   Many reports this week have suggested the hesitancy of US President Barack Obama over military involvement in Syria against fierce jihadists. Ironically, the administration

Syria in Revolt

Syria in Revolt

By: Sadik J. Al-Azm     I am often asked: Did the eruption of the popular uprising in Syria against the ruling military regime and police state of the Assad family and sect take me by surprise?

Revolution in Syria

Revolution in Syria

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh – Executive Director of SCPSS   The response was immediate and unequivocal: Weeks after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and mere days after popular protests spread across Egypt, Syria’s president insisted his country would not be next. Assad claimed his regime was ‘very closely linked to the

A Comprehensive Strategy for Syria: Next Steps for the West

A Comprehensive Strategy for Syria: Next Steps for the West

Carnegie Middle East Center Lina Khatib MARCH 4, 2014 The ongoing Syrian conflict between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and disparate opposition groups is far from resolution. U.S. and European policymakers should look beyond the objectives of the Geneva II conference on Syria, which was held in early 2014, and implement a comprehensive strategy

Zooming in on Syria: Adapting US Policy to Local Realities

Zooming in on Syria: Adapting US Policy to Local Realities

Atlantic Council | Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East   By Faysal Itani and Nathaniel Rosenblatt   The key to ending the crisis in Syria is a better understanding of local players and power dynamics. By viewing the conflict through a local prism, the United States and its Western allies can help build a

Syrian alliance says ‘yes’ to Geneva-2 but other groups still ‘sceptical’

Syrian alliance says ‘yes’ to Geneva-2 but other groups still ‘sceptical’

Source: Ahram Online   Nadeen Shaker , Monday 20 Jan 2014  Ahead of the peace talks on 22 January, Ahram Online’s Nadeen Shaker says the conference will fail to unite all opposition groups, leaving door open for prolonged divisiveness and conflict   An alliance of Syrian opposition forces have decided to take part in internationally-brokered

Syria: Talking about peace talks

Syria: Talking about peace talks

We look at the hurdles facing the warring parties ahead of the upcoming negotiations in Geneva. Inside Syria Last updated: 19 Jan 2014 10:42 Source: Al Jazeera The Syrian National Coalition is meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul to decide whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland which are due to take place in

Syria’s War Economy

Syria’s War Economy

Posted by: Samer Abboud Thursday, January 9, 2014   Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace There are always profits to be made during civil conflicts, where entrepreneurial networks often emerge to reap the benefits of chaos and conflict, and the Syrian case is no different.

Aleppo under attack

Aleppo under attack

As Syria’s government forces intensify aerial bombardment, we discuss the impact on the upcoming Geneva peace talks.   Inside Syria Last updated: 22 Dec 2013 13:59   Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, has been subjected to an intensive, indiscriminate and sustained aerial bombardment.

Insufficient incentives for improving security

Insufficient incentives for improving security

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh – Executive Director of SCPSS 19 December 2013 Now that Syria has joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and Bashar al-Assad’s chemical stockpile is being destroyed, it is the Syrian people who will benefit—it is they who have been blatantly targeted with chemical weapons by their own political leadership. Similarly, ordinary people across

Seminar on Syria Transition Roadmap

Seminar on Syria Transition Roadmap

On November 17-18, 2013, the Contemporary Syrian Studies Unit at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, in cooperation with the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, conducted a seminar on Syria Transition Roadmap in Doha, Qatar.

Washington’s mixed messages inhibit Syria negotiations

Washington’s mixed messages inhibit Syria negotiations

Posted By Mohammed Alaa Ghanem Monday, October 28, 2013   At a meeting between Bashar al-Assad and a Lebanese Hezbollah delegation in Damascus in April 2013, Assad assured his guests that “the Americans are pragmatic” and “won’t fully commit” to a policy to put an end to his regime. They will, he claimed, eventually “side

Syria’s Opposition Must Go to Geneva

Syria’s Opposition Must Go to Geneva

By Radwan Ziadeh October 22, 2013   For much of the last several months, news of the Syrian opposition has been vastly overshadowed by debate in the United States regarding a possible military response to the August 21 chemical weapons attacks in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, which there is strong evidence was perpetrated

Anything But Politics: The State of Syria’s Political Opposition

Anything But Politics: The State of Syria’s Political Opposition

Source: International Crisis Group   Damascus/Beirut/Brussels  | 17 Oct 2013   Often derided for its infighting or dismissed   as irrelevant, Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions   and conflicting geopolitical interests upon which it was founded.

The U.S.’s Arm’s Length Approach to Syria is Backfiring

The U.S.’s Arm’s Length Approach to Syria is Backfiring

As top politicians representing the Syrian opposition pushed their case with world leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last week, a dozen rebel brigades inside Syria, fed up with waiting for elusive Western support, issued a joint statement rejecting their political leaders and called on both military and civilian groups in Syria

Why the world must act in response to Assad’s use of CW

Why the world must act in response to Assad’s use of CW

1 September 2013, by Radwan Ziadeh* Source: Today’s Zaman The Bashar al-Assad regime’s forces used chemical weapons on Eastern Ghouta in Damascus last Wednesday. According to reports from local hospitals, more than 1,200 Syrian civilians were killed in the attacks, which were rocket strikes that occurred at approximately 3 a.m., leaving thousands of Syrians injured.

The West Must Finally Respond

The West Must Finally Respond

Radwan Ziadeh, Source: NYTimes.com AUGUST 26, 2013 From the beginning of the Syrian revolution, I was convinced that the Assad regime’s reaction to the peaceful demonstrations quickly spreading across the country would be directly affected by the response in turn of the international community.

Opposition publishes Syria Transition Roadmap

Opposition publishes Syria Transition Roadmap

Opposition publishes Syria Transition Roadmap. But has ‘civic movement lost the war’ to Islamists? Democracy Digest: A post-Assad Syrian government should be a hybrid presidential/parliamentary system to ensure checks and balances in state institutions, according to a new report.  

The Geneva Conference

The Geneva Conference

The Geneva Conference: Different Opinions on Resolving the Syrian Question Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies Chamseddin Alkilani | June 13, 2013   With the US and Russia being in agreement on the need to hold a Geneva Conference on Syria,

Syrian Officers Remain Loyal to Assad

Syrian Officers Remain Loyal to Assad

Why Most Syrian Officers Remain Loyal to Assad Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies Zoltan Barany | June 17, 2013   Since the uprising began in Syria more than two years ago, a reported 80,000 people have died, millions have been displaced, and much of the country now lies in ruins.

Syrians in Lebanon

Syrians in Lebanon

Too Close for Comfort: Syrians in Lebanon INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP – Middle East Report N°141 | 13 May 2013   Beirut/Washington, 13 May 2013: As the Syrian conflict increasingly implicates and spills over into Lebanon, a priority for its government and international partners must be to tackle the refugee crisis,

Hezbollah’s Next Offensive

Hezbollah’s Next Offensive

Shiite Enclaves North of Aleppo Becoming Staging Grounds for Hezbollah’s Next Offensive Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 13 June 19, 2013 By: Nicholas A. Heras   The question of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war has become more intense following the recent capture of the strategic,

Syria’s Collapse

Syria’s Collapse

Syria’s Collapse and How Washington Can Stop It Andrew J. Tabler  | July/August 2013 Source: The Washington Institute   Washington should pursue a measured but assertive course with Syria, because the longer the conflict lasts, the greater the threat it poses.

Steps to Resolve the Problem from Hell

Steps to Resolve the Problem from Hell

Syria: Steps to Resolve the Problem from Hell Frederic C. Hof | June 04, 2013   The problem of Syria is a problem from hell. It is a problem for which there are no easy or painless solutions. It is a problem that will likely be with us for a long time, even if we had

Syria’s Strategic Balance

Syria’s Strategic Balance

Syria’s Strategic Balance at a Tipping Point Source: Carnegie Middle East Center Yezid Sayigh | June 7, 2013   The Syrian conflict has entered a critical phase with the fall of the town of Qusair to regime troops backed by Hezbollah fighters in the early hours of June 5. Both sides have made gains and suffered

Book Review: Power and Policy in Syria

Book Review: Power and Policy in Syria

Book Review: Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East Syria’s 1970 bloodless coup by General Hafez al-Assad put in place a powerful autocratic machinery at the core of the state which continues under the control of his son Bashar. Power and Policy in Syria presents an analysis of Syria’s political

The failure of our so-called international community

The failure of our so-called international community

How can the country be abandoned in its hour of need? Power plays have taken priority over the terrible suffering of Syrians Source: The Guardian, Monday 25 March 2013   The massacre in Syria rages on and yet we stand idle. We must realise that, to millions of Syrians trapped in the country, the virtual absence of

The Syrian Opposition

The Syrian Opposition

The Syrian Opposition’s Very Provisional Government Yezid Sayigh Article March 28, 2013 Source: Carnegie Middle East Center   The Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (National Coalition) formally took up Syria’s seat in the Arab League this week.

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