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

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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 September 18, 2014
    Syria’s al-Qaeda Wing Searches for a Strategy

    Ever since the Islamic State captured vast territories in northern Iraq in mid-June, no group has been more deeply affected by this jihadi civil war than the Nusra Front, which broke off from the Islamic State in April 2013 and has since emerged as Syria’s only official al-Qaeda franchise.

  • Syria in Crisis September 10, 2014
    Syria’s Ahrar al-Sham Leadership Wiped Out in Bombing

    The killing of Ahrar al-Sham’s leadership will have major ripple effects in the opposition.

  • Syria in Crisis July 15, 2014
    Awaiting Assad’s Inauguration Speech

    There are no indications that Assad is ready to let anyone not under his control join the new government in his third term as president. Genuine power sharing in Syria will remain as distant as ever.

  • Syria in Crisis June 13, 2014
    Breaking Baghdad

    Leaving Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul in rebel hands could fatally undermine Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s already weak legitimacy as a national leader. But even if the army were to recapture all or most of the rebel-held cities, the Mosul debacle has already dealt a tremendous blow not only to Maliki but to the Iraqi state as well.

  • Syria in Crisis June 9, 2014
    Syria’s Phony Election: False Numbers and Real Victory

    To ask whether the June 3 Syrian presidential election results will lead to any change within the government betrays a misunderstanding of the situation: what just played out in Syria was not an election—it was a demonstration of power in which the presidency was the active subject, rather than the people.

  • Syria in Crisis May 27, 2014
    Slow Increase in U.S. Support for the Syrian Opposition

    The path towards U.S. recognition of the Syrian opposition has been long and tortuous, but the United States has recently taken several steps to signal increased support for the opposition.

  • Syria in Crisis April 24, 2014
    What Would the Fall of Homs Mean?

    If the Syrian regime recaptures Old Homs, it will further cement Bashar al-Assad’s grip on an area of Syria he truly cannot afford to relinquish.

  • Syria in Crisis April 23, 2014
    The Syrian Army Closes in on Homs

    The rebel stronghold in the Old City of Homs, which has withstood nearly two years of government siege and shelling, is close to falling.

  • Syria in Crisis April 18, 2014
    Drought, Corruption, and War: Syria’s Agricultural Crisis

    Villages, towns, and entire farming regions in Syria are being depopulated by violence, social breakdown, and economic collapse; they may never again be able to sustain a population of the size they held before 2011.

  • 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.

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