Syrian Civil War

After Raids against Turkish Forces a New Approach is Needed
After Raids against Turkish Forces, a New Approach is Needed for Idlib

Assuming that no miracle will happen soon, the Turkish authorities need a new approach for Idlib. This should start with...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What Will Happen to Turkish Observation Posts in Idlib
What Will Happen to Turkish Observation Posts in Idlib?

There seem to be four pathways for Turkey: Withdrawing, escalating, postponing or preventing. Each of which will have its...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Why the YPG Can t Fight Against Turkey
Why the YPG Can’t Fight Against Turkey

The YPG doesn’t have the experience of the rebels in Idlib who have fought for years against an enemy with air-power. The...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Idlib s Crumbling Ceasefire is a Frightening Prospect for Civilians
Idlib’s Crumbling Ceasefire is a Frightening Prospect for Civilians

Idlib’s future has yet to be decided, but its current state could easily worsen. If the Assad regime attacks the city...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Russia s Escalation in Idlib What s the Purpose
Russia’s Escalation in Idlib: What’s the Purpose?

If Turkey and the Syrian opposition fail to stand firm, the political transition process towards peace in Syria might fail.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Can Russia Install its Kadyrov in Syria
Can Russia Install its Kadyrov in Syria?

Russia can find its Syrian Kadyrov. However, in contrast to Chechnya, Russia needs to balance and share power with another...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A Turkish-American Confrontation in Northeast Syria is Avoidable
A Turkish-American Confrontation in Northeast Syria is Avoidable

A common understanding between Turkey and the U.S. is the establishment of a safe-zone in northeast Syria. However, both...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Three Ways to Increase Security in Afrin
Three Ways to Increase Security in Afrin

There are three ways to improve security in Afrin: The cleansing of Tel Rifaat, a strong Turkish footprint model and the...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Abdul Basit Saroot The Syrian Revolution s Voice From the
Abdul Basit Saroot: The Syrian Revolution’s Voice From the Grave

Abdul Basit Saroot was the voice of a nation ripped apart by a crimson dictator hell bent on keeping power at any cost.

Friday, July 5, 2019

The US Needs to Re-engage with the Syrian Opposition
The US Needs to Re-engage with the Syrian Opposition

Daesh is now in a new era in which popular support and acceptable governance will be the main effective tools to grab the...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Military Escalation in North Hama A Deal or a Dilemma
Military Escalation in North Hama: A Deal or a Dilemma?

A weak cease-fire is likely but also open to the possibility of further escalation in the field. Each party will possibly...

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Unspoken Syrian Tribes in the Syrian Civil War
The Unspoken Syrian Tribes in the Syrian Civil War

While Turkey and the U.S. discuss a potential safe-zone in northern Syria, especially in the areas below the 20-mile line,...

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir
Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Developments on the ground in Idlib and a bigger HTS presence will have serious implications for the international context...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Military activity has started in Manbij after US withdrawal
Military activity has started in Manbij after US withdrawal

News agencies reported yesterday that the Syrian regime is dispatching forces and equipment to the village of Arimah, 25...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria
What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria?

Turkey’s strategic objective is clear: to de-territorialize the YPG/PYD alongside its Syrian border, fix relations with...

Friday, December 14, 2018

Turkey Russia and Iran agreed on the establishment of a
Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed on the establishment of a constitutional commission in Syria

Yesterday in Geneva, Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Russia and Iran - Mevlut Cavusoglu, Sergey Lavrov, Muhammad Javad Zarif...

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too
Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too in Syria?

The U.S. balancing act between supporting the PYD and providing reassurances to Turkey to be able to cooperate on the...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Combatting Criminal Gangs in Northern Syria
Combatting Criminal Gangs in Northern Syria

While some media outlets reported efforts in Syria as "internal fighting among Turkey-backed groups," in reality, there...

Monday, November 26, 2018

Has Turkey s Syria Policy Changed
Has Turkey’s Syria Policy Changed?

Turkey's policy of keeping and enlarging its military presence in Syria has two aims: Sustaining Turkey’s national...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Does Quadruple Talk in Istanbul Signal Peace for Syria
Does Quadruple Talk in Istanbul Signal Peace for Syria?

One way to prevent a regime coalition offensive in Idlib would be if the U.S. stepped in. If the U.S. could come to a more...

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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