Research Paper

Governing Rojava: Layers of legitimacy in Syria

Failure to move past security and stability-based arguments will greatly diminish the long-term prospects for the survival of the Rojava project, writes Rana Khalaf.

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Research Paper

Syria, Iraq and the struggle for power: Intertwined futures

The establishment of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) has permanently changed the political and security landscape in Iraq and will remain a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future, writes Hayder al-Khoei.

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Analysis

Keeping Syrian refugees out has not made Turkey secure

Increased border security has not stopped ISIS attacks on Turkish soil, but has pushed fleeing Syrians to try riskier crossings, writes Haid Haid.

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Syria's war: Why Kurdish local governance is key to long-term peace

Ghadi Sary explains why Kurdish local governance projects could provide an important model for conflict resolution in the region.

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Research Paper

Kurdish self-governance in Syria: Survival and ambition

The strategic gains of the local administration in Rojava could provide an important model for conflict resolution in the region – it must be represented in talks to bring about a lasting settlement in Syria.

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Analysis

Shift on Syrian constitution could help Assad survive

A new Russian-American plan would abandon support for a nationally-drafted constitution and all but rule out a true transitional period, writes Doris Carrion.

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Analysis

Fallujah and Iraq's deepening displacement crisis

Political and economic turmoil point to a protracted displacement crisis that will get worse before it gets better, writes Tim Eaton.

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Analysis

Now is not the time to talk of federalism in Syria

Premature discussion of federalism will only make regional and local actors less willing to consider new ways to distribute power in Syria, or to accept factions like the Syrian Kurds at the negotiating table, writes Doris Carrion.

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Analysis

How to salvage Syria's economy

Through economic aid, the West has the opportunity to exert pressure for changes in governance, writes David Butter.

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Research Paper

Salvaging Syria’s economy

While any meaningful reconstruction programme will require considerable external financial support, the reluctance of Western powers to challenge Assad has left his regime in a strong position to dictate terms.

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