External Article

Social Degradation in Syria 2017

by: Syrian Center for Policy Research

The Syrian Center for Policy Research has published a detailed, field-based report on the impact of the armed conflict in Syria on social relations. It uses the concept of social capital as an approach to analyzing trust, cooperation, and shared values in different regions in Syria over time, and proposes alternative policies to overcome the catastrophic social impact of the conflict.

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Analysis

The Next Battle in Syria Will Be in the Eastern Desert

by: Mazen Ezzi

Ignored for much of the conflict, the country’s vast eastern regions now hold important geographic and strategic advantages for all sides.

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Analysis

Iran Is Building a Base of Post-War Influence in Syria

by: Lina Khatib

If the US is serious about containing Iran in Syria, focusing on Tehran’s military tactics alone in the fight against ISIS is not enough.

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Analysis

The US May Be Finally Moving to Quell Tensions Between Kurds and Syrian Arabs

by: Haid Haid

But having ignored the consequences of its Syrian policies until now, it may be too little, too late.

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Video

Syria: Six Years On

Six years into the Syrian conflict, it might be the last chance for Western governments to positively shape Syria’s post-conflict settlement.

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Research Paper

Western Policy Towards Syria: Applying Lessons Learned

Over the past six years, there has been a significant gap between the West’s rhetoric and its actions in Syria. Western policymakers must learn from their mistakes to form a more effective strategy.

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Video

Syria: Areas of control

This clip maps the control of territory among armed actors in the Syrian conflict in the period January 2014 to December 2016.

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Video

ISIS control

This clip maps ISIS’ military gains in Iraq and Syria in the period June 2014 to December 2016.

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Analysis

The harsh realities of the Syrian conflict are laid bare in Aleppo and Palmyra

The end of the war is not yet imminent, writes Tim Eaton.

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Analysis

Aleppo’s fall won’t end the Syrian conflict – it will signal a more terrifying stage

The Assad regime’s complicated international allegiances and relative weakness in many parts of the country means an end to the agony is nowhere in sight, writes Haid Haid.

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