Trump Is Giving Syria the “Iran Treatment”

July 22, 2020

In mid-June, Washington imposed harsh economic sanctions on Syria under the Caesar Act. A key US objective behind these sanctions is to prevent President Bashar al-Assad from achieving a true victory in the civil war.

The Prevalence of Sectarianism: Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War

May 27, 2013

The civil war in Syria, despite claims to the contrary, is in its core a sectarian struggle. Josef Olmert, former Israeli peace negotiator, argues that the situation in Syria is an example of the historic Sunni-Shi'ite struggle in which Israel is not to blame. Violent civil conflict and...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 2/2)

May 24, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.”A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. “Children are a source for learning; their spontaneous...

Who Will Be Syria’s Knight Sans Armor? (Part 1/2)

May 18, 2013

“Without our voices, we have no choices. And without choices, we could be stuck forever in violence.” A reflection on discussions with Syrians in and outside of Syria. This is the first of a two part series. The civil conflict in Syria has raged for over two years. The large...

The Counter-Insurgency Role of Syria’s “Popular Committees”

May 09, 2013

Popular Committees, neighborhood defense organizations mobilized to protect pro-government or politically neutral neighborhoods in Syria’s most restive regions, are evolving into locally cohesive divisions of a “National Defense Army.” They have the capacity to present a great...