Analysis

The Militarization of Syrian Politics

by: Ayman Aldassouky

Before Syria can contemplate post-conflict democracy, it must deal with the proliferation of armed political groups.

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Analysis

Russia and Iran Are Increasingly Competitive in Syria

by: Lina Sinjab

Iran and Russia are nominally on the same side in Syria, tied to keeping the regime of Bashar al-Assad in power. But their long involvements in the country and the conflict pit them against each other in the battle for influence.

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Analysis

What Turkey’s campaign in Afrin means for the YPG

by: Asaad Hanna

When a military operation supported by Turkey was launched against the city of Afrin, it hardly came as a surprise. The city, whose inhabitants are mostly Kurdish, is also a major base of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a military organization which received considerable support from America, as well as from Russia, in the fight against IS.

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Update

Demystifying the Syrian Conflict- Invitation Only Research Event

The conference will gather leading policymakers, experts and civil society leaders to examine the key challenges and opportunities faced on the ground in Syria today.

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Analysis

The Regime Push Against HTS in Idlib Could Backfire

by: Haid Haid

The rebel group has encountered sustained local resistance, but the number one enemy remains Bashar al-Assad and his allies.

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Analysis

How the White Helmets Fit in Syria’s Present and Future

by: Asaad Hanna

The Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, rose to prominence in 2017 due to their efforts to save civilians in areas inaccessible to or deprived of other emergency services.

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Analysis

Division Defines Syria’s Tribes and Clans

by: Akil Hussein

Though all parties to the conflict have tried to take advantage of tribal identities, shifting loyalties and social changes mean often tribal kin fight each other.

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Analysis

Concerns Grow For Civilians Caught Up in Anti-ISIS Hunts

by: Haid Haid

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the majority of ISIS territories in eastern Syria. Consequently, civilians who were forced to live under the group’s harsh rule have been freed. But not all of them feel safe.

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Analysis

Russia’s Brittle Strategic Pillars in Syria

by: Ayman Aldassouky

With unreliable allies and a lack of experience with local power dynamics, Russia’s influence in Syria is built on fragile foundations.

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Analysis

Kurdish and Syrian Regime Forces Take Very Different Routes to Control in Deir Ez-Zor

by: Muhammed Hassan

While the regime wants to co-opt local factions to strengthen its power, the Kurds are trying to monopolize it.

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