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CHALLENGES OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL DONORS AND SYRIAN CIVIL SOCIETY

Lina Khatib speak with Tamara Al- Rifai Communications and Advocacy specialist with over 15 years of experience working with humanitarian and human rights organizations, about the relationship between International donors and civil society in Syria.

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Analysis

Resurrection of Traditional Leadership Reignites Self-governance Debate Among Druze

by: Mazen Ezzi 

A resurgence of traditional leadership is not welcomed by all in Swaida.

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Analysis

The Growing Role of Pro-regime Militias in Syria

by: Lina Khatib

The Syrian army may be presenting itself as the entity that will take back Deir Ezzor from ISIS and restore the authority of the state in eastern Syria, but the internal challenges that it is facing show that it is the pro-regime militias and not the army that might gain the most from this liberation.

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Analysis

Saraqib's Local Elections Show How Democracy Can Break Through in Syria

by: Manhal Bareesh

Resistance to armed groups and fatigue with ineffective government have propelled a bottom-up civil movement.

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External Article

Transitional Justice & Syrian Youth

Dawlaty has published a report on Syrian youth’s perspectives on concepts of transitional justice. The report sheds light on the experiences of young people in Syria around the human rights violations they face, how they cope with them, how they engage in their communities and what their views are on transitional justice concepts and mechanisms.

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Analysis

Why Ahrar al-Sham couldn't stand up to HTS's attack in Idlib

by: Haid Haid

An ideological split, a weak central structure and missed opportunities to cultivate allies all contributed to the group’s stunning defeat.

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Analysis

Sanctions: The Politics and the Reality

Haid Haid and Lina Khatib speak with Assaad al-Achi, executive director of civil society organization Baytna Syria, about the impact of sanctions on NGOs and ordinary Syrians – and how the regime circumvents them.

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Analysis

Developments in Idlib Demonstrate the Importance of Local Support to Armed Groups

by: Ahmad Abazeid

Despite changes to the factional map of Syria since 2011, armed groups deployed in their local communities have remained the basic unit and the most important factor in military developments in the conflict.

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Analysis

The Regime and Loyal Militias Will Struggle to Disentangle Their Relationship

by: Mazen Ezzi

Over the past six years, the Syrian regime has delegated a large swath of its powers to loyal militias, entrusting them with preserving security, representing the regime and handling the day-to-day affairs of local communities. Today, it seems almost impossible for the state to recover its authority. In addition to the weakness of the Syrian state and its increasing failure to provide key citizen services, militias have gained so much ground that the state cannot restrain them and exert sole control over weapons and violence, even if it wishes to do so.

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External Article

The Role of Jihadi Movements in Syrian Local Governance

by: Omran for Strategic Studies

This study is part of a larger effort to understand the state of governance in all Syrian territories in order to reach a consensus on how to deal with these new circumstances during and after the political transition. This study compares local governance policies of HTS and the opposition Local Councils beginning with a description of how the HTS was formed and its involvement in local governance bodies. Next, this study offers a description of Local Councils that operate in HTS-controlled territories and examines the relationships between the Local Councils and the HTS. This study concludes with a number of recommendations on how to empower Local Councils in areas under HTS control to avoid their cooptation.

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