Tag: Aleppo

Russia Returns in Show of Force

Russia Returns in Show of Force

Russia’s new foreign policy doctrine sees the return of military force.  In early December 2016, the Russian Federation published its new foreign policy doctrine. The previous update was in 2013, at the threshold of the Ukrainian crisis. Since then, it has been interesting to see how the...

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

People of Aleppo are suffering from a lack of political will to take decisive action among the world’s powerful countries. The fall of Aleppo, and the horrific bombing campaign that has including the targeting of schools and hospitals, has been compared with the atrocities of Srebrenica,...

The End of Nuclear Diplomacy Between Russia and US

The End of Nuclear Diplomacy Between Russia and US

A world without nuclear weapons seems as far removed now as during the 1980s. In 2000, Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin signed a deal calling on both countries to reduce their stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium. The deal, called the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PMDA), was...

The Last Gardener of Aleppo

The Last Gardener of Aleppo

A gardener who tended to Aleppo’s lost hopes of peace. Abu Al-Ward—Father of the Flowers—and his 13-year-old son Ibrahim have been running a garden center in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo for the past five years. Among death and destruction, the sanctuary is a subtle defiance of the...

‪Agony in Aleppo: Inside Syria’s Al-Quds Hospital

‪Agony in Aleppo: Inside Syria’s Al-Quds Hospital

A volunteer films doctors at work in a Syrian hospital. After 5 years of the Syrian conflict, we may think that we have seen it all—death, suffering, destruction. But it goes on, unabated, a daily routine for millions of people affected by the war’s brutality. This video from Channel 4...

Memories of Aleppo Will Not Be Forgotten

Memories of Aleppo Will Not Be Forgotten

As the city burns, we must not forget that Aleppo was once a place of history, culture and diversity. In summer 2009, I embarked on one of the most amazing journeys of my life: a road trip from Istanbul to Damascus, roughly 1,500 kilometers. The journey took me to various Turkish cities,...

Humanitarian Aid: Far From a Feel-Good Workout

Humanitarian Aid: Far From a Feel-Good Workout

As the Syrian refugee crisis deepens, charitable trips have turned into publicity stunts. Despite aid convoys developing into an institutionalised process of our global charity sector, the increase in the number of humanitarian relief convoys sent out is not proportionate to their affectivity in...

Aleppo: Syria’s Essential City

Aleppo: Syria’s Essential City

The ongoing fighting between the Syrian military and armed opposition groups inside Syria's largest city of Aleppo threatens to irrevocably tear this ancient and important city apart. This article, an analysis of Aleppo’s significance to the Syrian Civil War, is the first of two parts. ...

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