• Strategic Europe
    Syria’s Military: Last Man Standing?
    Florence Gaub July 29, 2014

    The Syrian army is plagued by defections, and yet it fights on. That is a testament to the way in which the military has adapted to the challenge of the country’s civil war.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    From Fergana Valley to Syria—the Transformation of Central Asian Radical Islam
    Bayram Balci July 25, 2014

    The radical jihadi group known as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A little bit more than twenty years after it first appeared, this on-going transformation has made it less connected to Uzbekistan, and more to a global jihad.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Syrian Refugees Problem
    Alex Rowell July 17, 2014 عربي

    Fears of a potential shift in Lebanon’s confessional balance are driving power brokers to enact harsher restrictions on incoming Syrian refugees.

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

    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.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Islamic State in Syria, Back With a Vengeance
    Hassan Hassan July 14, 2014 عربي

    The Islamic State is trying to consolidate its presence in Syria and gain territory using new strategies during its latest push.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Shia-Sunni Sectarianism in the Middle East and Its Echo in Azerbaijan
    Bayram Balci, Kenan Rovshenoglu June 27, 2014

    With the conflict reaching Iraq, which reflects to the same religious divisions as in Azerbaijan, the risk is greater that Azerbaijanis Shia and Sunnites will be affected by the sectarianism of the Middle East.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Hezbollah’s Iraq Problems
    Alexander Corbeil June 26, 2014 عربي

    The return of Shia fighters to Iraq has left Hezbollah overstretched in Syria and vulnerable at home.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Jordan: The Jewel in the ISIS Crown
    Nikita Malik, Abdullah Shami June 24, 2014

    As the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-influenced jihadists, Jordan will serve as a crucial buffer from the terrorist movements that threaten to spill over into the region.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Breaking Baghdad
    Aron Lund June 13, 2014

    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
    Syria’s Phony Election: False Numbers and Real Victory
    Aron Lund June 9, 2014

    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

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.

  • 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.

  • Lina Khatib
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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