Aron Lund

Syria in Crisis
Aron Lund is the editor of Syria in Crisis and the author of several reports and books on the Syrian opposition movement.


MA, Uppsala University


Arabic; English; Swedish


Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis, has published extensively on Syrian opposition movements and military dynamics. In addition to being a regular contributor to various journals and newspapers, Lund has published two books and several reports on Syrian militias and opposition politics. He is also the author of “Struggling to Adapt: The Muslim Brotherhood in a New Syria.”

  • Syria in Crisis April 14, 2014
    Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 6: Stagnation?

    While the ideology, politics, and public messaging of the rebel factions making up the Islamic Front have been streamlined effectively, initial hopes for closer organizational and battlefield unity have not yet borne fruit. Five months after its creation, the Islamic Front seemingly remains a rather wobbly umbrella movement.

  • Syria in Crisis April 11, 2014
    Iran’s Unrealistic Endgame in Syria

    Until Iran and all the other governments currently fanning the flames of war in Syria have accepted that no peace plan can work without a critical mass of armed actors on both sides, Syria’s slow collapse into Somalia-style anarchy will continue.

  • Syria in Crisis April 9, 2014
    One Year of Jihadi Civil War

    Since the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a year ago today, the rivalry between Iraqi and Syrian militant leaders has grown into a full-blown jihadi civil war.

  • Syria in Crisis April 8, 2014
    The Mujahideen Army of Aleppo

    Made up of thousands of fighters, the Mujahideen Army dominates a chunk of the strategically important countryside west of Aleppo and exerts influence over at least some of the main supply routes from Turkey to Aleppo.

  • Syria in Crisis April 4, 2014
    A New Free Syrian Army Leadership

    It is far too early to tell whether it will have any impact on the ground, but a new Syrian rebel leadership is finally taking form after the splits of this spring.

  • Syria in Crisis April 1, 2014
    The Death of an Assad

    As one of many cousins of Bashar al-Assad, Hilal al-Assad was perhaps on the outskirts of absolute power, but his death will still have come as a chilling reminder to the elite in Damascus of how precarious their position really is.

  • Syria in Crisis March 31, 2014
    The Failure to Stop Starvation Tactics in Syria

    There have been attempts to directly address the Syrian humanitarian situation without getting caught up in the divisive politics over Assad’s future. But these attempts have so far made little progress because the conduct of the war is nearly indistinguishable from its politics.

  • Syria in Crisis March 26, 2014
    The Free Syrian Armies: Failed Reconciliation

    The institutional split within the Syrian opposition's Free Syrian Army may reflect foreign countries' disputes, but it also reflects the opposition's organizational chaos and personal rivalries.

  • Syria in Crisis March 25, 2014
    The Free Syrian Armies: Institutional Split

    To understand the split in the Free Syrian Army that arose last month, one needs to understand the divisive history of the FSA's institutions.

  • Syria in Crisis March 21, 2014
    Does the “Southern Front” Exist?

    The remarkably nonsectarian and democratic statement signed by rebel factions in southern Syria in February was likely only a ploy by rebel commanders to get more foreign support by declaring their opposition to extremism.

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