Nicholas Heras

Middle East Researcher
Nicholas A. Heras is a Middle East researcher at the Center for a New American Security and an associated analyst with The Jamestown Foundation. He is a former contributing editor and analyst at Fair Observer and an ex-David L. Boren fellow.

President Trump Should Invest in Southern Syria’s Rebels

January 23, 2017

By increasing its investment in the Southern Front, the Trump administration can secure some of the most important areas of Syria. The Syrian opposition movement has come to an inflection point from which it will be irreversibly changed—with significant consequences for the stability of the Middle East and the ongoing...

The Reality in Syria Casts a Shadow Over Vienna

November 03, 2015

A hopeful start to the Vienna process on Syria belies a harsher and more harrowing reality on the ground. Hope is fleeting in Syria. The civil war has killed approximately 250,000 people, displaced more than 11 million (which is more than half of Syria’s pre-war population), caused hundreds of billions...

Kobani Could Strengthen Kurdish-Arab Relations in Syria

March 22, 2015

Will Kobani serve as a model for cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State? The Islamic State (IS) has suffered a setback at the Syrian-Turkish border city of Kobani. This much-heralded event was important for a reason that has potential ramifications for the civil war and the future stability of Syria:...

The Fight for Pluralism in Syria

March 10, 2015

The “train-and-equip” policy seeks to train Syrian rebel fighters to combat the Assad regime and the Islamic State. In March, the United States and several of its Middle Eastern allies will begin training Syrian fighters through a revamped train-and-equip program, which will form the core first class of Syria’s non-jihadist...

Does the Islamic State Pose a Threat to Morocco and Jordan?

January 19, 2015

The continued existence and potential expansion of the Islamic State undermines the legitimacy of the Middle East’s constitutional monarchies. The Middle East and North Africa‘s constitutional monarchies are surviving the upheaval of the Arab Spring. Morocco and Jordan, two key US allies in the region, are popularly billed as constitutional monarchies. The...

Another Civil War in Libya?

June 17, 2014

Rivalries between Libya’s political and military actors threaten a new civil war. The ongoing political dispute in Libya between a secularist and liberal political alliance and Islamist groups is a significant contributing factor to violence afflicting the country. Militia groups that are allied with a retired Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, and his...

The Hezbollah Cavalcade: Iran’s Important Weapon in the Middle East

June 07, 2014

Foreign Shi’a fighters active in the Syrian conflict are a potent future weapon for Iran.   The Syrian Civil War is attracting a significant number of Shi’a jihadist fighters from the greater Middle East. With estimates ranging from 7,000-15,000, many of these fighters are traveling to Syria to protect the Sayyida Zainab...

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