Syria

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

    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
    The Syrian Army Closes in on Homs
    Aron Lund April 23, 2014

    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
    Al-Qaeda Is Dead, Long Live Al-Qaeda
    Jean-Pierre Filiu April 22, 2014

    The former Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda has become an important driving force behind the global jihad, in its current guise as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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

    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
    Druze Sheikhs Protest in Sweida
    Tobias Lang April 16, 2014

    The regime's removal of a military intelligence chief of the southern Syrian city of Sweida after protests led by Druze religious sheikhs indicates that the position of the regime in the city is not as strong as it once was.

     
  • Syria in Crisis
    The Sham Legion: Syria’s Moderate Islamists
    Raphaël Lefèvre, Ali El Yassir April 15, 2014

    The emergence of the Sham Legion, a moderate Islamist rebel group, may be a significant political development because, until its formation, only more conservative and Salafi-oriented brigades had managed to merge into ideologically coherent countrywide alliances.

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

    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
    Iran’s Unrealistic Endgame in Syria
    Aron Lund April 11, 2014

    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.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Moroccan Fighters in Syria
    Mohammed Masbah April 10, 2014 عربي

    The growing number of radicalized Moroccan fighters in Syria will complicate the resolution of the Salafi detainees issue in Morocco.

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

    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
    The Syrian Army Closes in on Homs
    Aron Lund April 23, 2014

    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
    The Syrian Army Closes in on Homs
    Aron Lund April 23, 2014

    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
    Al-Qaeda Is Dead, Long Live Al-Qaeda
    Jean-Pierre Filiu April 22, 2014

    The former Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda has become an important driving force behind the global jihad, in its current guise as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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

    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.

     
  • Article
    The Syrian Opposition’s Bleak Outlook
    Yezid Sayigh April 17, 2014 عربي

    The Syrian National Coalition is living on borrowed time. Unless it can develop credible political leadership and effective administration inside Syria, the outlook for those trying to make it succeed looks bleak.

     
  • Syria in Crisis
    Druze Sheikhs Protest in Sweida
    Tobias Lang April 16, 2014

    The regime's removal of a military intelligence chief of the southern Syrian city of Sweida after protests led by Druze religious sheikhs indicates that the position of the regime in the city is not as strong as it once was.

     
  • Syria in Crisis
    The Sham Legion: Syria’s Moderate Islamists
    Raphaël Lefèvre, Ali El Yassir April 15, 2014

    The emergence of the Sham Legion, a moderate Islamist rebel group, may be a significant political development because, until its formation, only more conservative and Salafi-oriented brigades had managed to merge into ideologically coherent countrywide alliances.

     
  • Paper
    The Roots of Crisis in Northern Lebanon
    Raphaël Lefèvre April 15, 2014 عربي

    Syria’s civil war is helping destabilize the city of Tripoli and threatening other parts of Lebanon. But today’s challenges have plagued Lebanon since long before the Syrian uprising.

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

    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.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime
    Kheder Khaddour April 13, 2014 Jadaliyya

    In Tartus, shielded from much of the current conflict, the Syrian regime had a golden opportunity to undertake and demonstrate reforms. It instead chose to continue to portray the state and society as unchanged and unchanging, implicitly asserting that all is well.

     

Syria in Crisis

Carnegie Experts on Syria

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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  • Oz Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program

    Hassan is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost authorities on democracy promotion and democracy assistance programs and a leading scholar on U.S. foreign policy.

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  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

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  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

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  • Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.

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