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Podcast: UK Airstrikes

Chatham House experts discuss what the UK's participation means for the international coalition against ISIS, how Britain can now contribute to peace negotiations and what will happen if and when territory is retaken from ISIS. 

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Expert Comment

Governance, not airstrikes, will topple ISIS in Syria

It is not enough to carry out airstrikes against ISIS and cut its sources of funding. What is required is evidence that an alternative model of governance conceived and delivered by local Syrians and Iraqis is possible, with sustained international support, writes Neil Quilliam.

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Research Paper

Syrian refugees in Jordan: Confronting difficult truths

Jordan and the international community should take the difficult but necessary steps to maximize the benefit the Syrian refugees can bring to prevent the crisis from having further negative impacts on the country’s most vulnerable people.

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Expert Comment

Are Syrian refugees a security threat?

Operating as though all refugees are a security risk is counter-productive and runs the risk of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, writes Doris Carrion.

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Research Paper

The impact of the Syrian war on Kurdish politics

The demise of state authority in Syria is creating an unprecedented opportunity for Kurds in the region, but their long-term success will depend both on the actions of regional powers and their ability to cooperate with each other. 

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Research Paper

Syria’s economy: Picking up the pieces

Despite the carnage and destruction of the conflict, Syria’s economy and its administrative institutions have continued to function. However, this state of affairs is increasingly in jeopardy.

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Expert Comment

What is left of Assad’s state is eroding from within

Both literally and figuratively, the regime is mortgaging the future in a desperate attempt to survive, writes Christopher Phillips.

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Video

The Syrian conflict: Four years on

At a Chatham House event to mark four years since the beginning of the conflict, Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, considered the ongoing humanitarian crisis and the prospects for a political solution to the conflict.

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