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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External Article

Discrimination against Women in Syrian Society (I/II): Awareness of Women Rights and Freedoms

This study by The Day After (TDA) assesses awareness of women’s rights and liberties in Syrian society. It is based on a comprehensive survey in six Syrian governorates in areas under opposition and regime control in addition to refugee camps in Turkey. The study identifies the extent of awareness among respondents of inequality between men and women in Syrian society. It highlights convergences and variations within different Syrian social groups regarding women’s education, participation in public life and equality with men before the law. The study presents recommendations for tackling the issue of discrimination against women through approaches rooted in local variations.

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Video

CHALLENGES OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL DONORS AND SYRIAN CIVIL SOCIETY

Lina Khatib  and Lina Sinjab 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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