Analysis

Iran Is Building a New Source of Shia Influence Inside Syria

by: Lina Sinjab

Iran is increasing its efforts to change the identity of Sunni-majority Syria, with the aim of establishing a long-term influence inside the country. 

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Analysis

How the Syrian regime is dividing and ruling Aleppo

by: Khaled Al-Khatib

On 22 December 2016, when the Syrian regime took over Aleppo as the last rebel fighter left its eastern districts, the city fell into the hands of three authorities: state security agencies, pro-regime militias and the Baath party. 

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Analysis

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s Deal With Turkey Further Alienates It From Other Jihadists

by: Akil Hussein

By accepting Turkish intervention in Idlib, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has avoided one confrontation but thrown itself into a conflict with its ideological comrades in the Salafist-jihadist camp, with whom it already has tense relations.

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Analysis

Is the Raqqa Civilian Council Fit for Purpose?

by Haid Haid

After the seizure of Raqqa, questions about the effectiveness of the SDF’s governance model loom.

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External Article

The liberation of Raqqa does not mean the end of Isis

by: Lina Khatib

Terrorist group is moving towards an insurgency model after significant loss of territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Analysis

Anti-ISIS Strategy Threatens to Stoke Continued Instability in Deir Ez-Zor

by: Muhammed Hasan

After signing de-escalation agreements in many areas of Syria, the international community and the anti-ISIS coalition, in particular Russia, are looking to expel ISIS from areas it controls in eastern Syria, most notably Deir Ez-Zor governorate – the group’s last remaining stronghold in Syria. But the policies pursued by both the international coalition and Russia to achieve this are likely to cause continuing conflict and instability in Deir Ez-Zor long after ISIS is defeated.

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Video

Civil society and reconciliation in Syria

Lina Sinjab speaks with Anas Joudeh founder of the Nation Building Movement, about Civil society and reconciliation in Syria.

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Analysis

Russia Muscles in on De-escalation Zones

by: Asaad Hanna

With this new wave of local agreements, the Russians are attempting to transform their role from that of an aggressor, threatening the opposition’s existence, to the main party capable of ensuring calm.

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Research Paper

Post-ISIS Governance in Jarablus: A Turkish-led Strategy

by: Haid Haid

Turkey’s capacity to ensure the sustainability of its successes against ISIS depends largely on improving governance in Jarablus.

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External Article

Cutting Off Civil Society Aid Will Strengthen – Not Weaken – the Armed Coalition in Idlib

Some countries are considering cutting off all support to civil society groups in Idlib to put pressure on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). But this will only play into HTS hands.

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