Update

Demystifying the Syrian Conflict: Regime Area Dynamics– Panel Summary

On 1 March, Chatham House’s Syria From Within project, hosted within the Middle East and North Africa Programme, held a public conference titled ‘Demystifying the Syrian Conflict’. The aim of the conference was to shed light on four key themes that are sometimes oversimplified or little understood in public discourse.

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Analysis

How Local Communities Protect Themselves From Rebel Infighting

by: Haid Haid.

Understanding the different survival strategies that communities use will be important to any future reconciliation process.

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Analysis

Jihadist In-fighting and the Birth of Horas ad-Deen

by: Sultan Al Kanj

Acute divisions within Salafi jihadism in Syria have given birth to a new movement loyal to Al-Qaeda.

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Update

Demystifying the Syrian Conflict: Rebel-held area Dynamics – Panel Summary

On 1 March, Chatham House’s Syria From Within project, hosted within the Middle East and North Africa Programme, held a public conference titled ‘Demystifying the Syrian Conflict’. The aim of the conference was to shed light on four key themes that are sometimes oversimplified or little understood in public discourse.

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Video

Local Resistance to Extremists Groups In Syria

Allaa Barri Speaks to Zaina Erhaim an Independent Journalist about local resistance in Syria.

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External Article

Is the Syrian Regime 'Winning' the War?

Many in the West have started arguing that the Syrian regime is approaching “victory” in the conflict and that policymakers and international agencies should position themselves accordingly. But the notion of “control” that is used to talk about Syria in the public domain in the West is often reduced to military matters

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Analysis

Stop Falling for Assad’s Bogus Ceasefires

by: Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Instead of trumpeting each new ceasefire as a step toward peace, the international community needs to understand how integral they are to the Syrian regime’s military strategy.

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Analysis

Ghouta’s Political and Military Importance Has Led to Tragedy

by: Ahmad Abazeid

The area has been particularly brutalized over the course of Syria’s conflict because of where it is and what it represents.

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Analysis

HTS Is Being Forced to Choose Between Local Support and Long-Term Survival

by: Haid Haid.

The group faces a strategic dilemma in Idlib, and its choices are causing local backlash.

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External Article

Attacks on Healthcare in Syria Look Like a Bloody Strategy of Forced Displacement

by: Abdulkarim Ekzayez

There is reason to suspect health facilities are being deliberately targeted in eastern Ghouta in a bid to weaken the resilience of the community to make it more amenable to evacuation.

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