The Century Foundation: “Keeping the Lights On in Rebel Idlib”

New from me, as part of The Century Foundation’s “Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings”: “Keeping the Lights On in Rebel Idlib.”

https://tcf.org/content/report/keeping-lights-rebel-idlib/

The brief is a dive into local governance in rebel-held Idlib province, where residents have attempted to fill the administrative void left by the Assad regime. In the process, Idlib’s governance and service sector has become another space for Idlibi civilians and Islamist and jihadist armed groups – which have developed their own service bodies – to compete for popular support and legitimacy, even as they work to keep foreign assistance coming and to keep Idlib livable in the middle of a civil war.

For more on “Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings,” a project documenting political change and transformation in a post-Spring Arab world, read Thanassis Cambanis’s introduction here: https://tcf.org/content/report/introduction-arab-politics-beyond-uprisings/

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Foreign Policy: “Assad Will Talk, But He Won’t Negotiate”

New from me at Foreign Policy:

The Assad regime invited us into Damascus, in an apparent attempt to demonstrate its openness and appeal to Western opinion. But it mostly just showed us how it hadn’t changed – and that maybe it doesn’t know how.

Assad Will Talk, But He Won’t Negotiate

 

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The Century Foundation: “What It’s Like to Meet Assad in Damascus”

New for the Century Foundation:

I talk with Thanassis Cambanis about my attendance at last week’s conference-junket in Damascus and what the Syrian government seemed to want from the event.

https://tcf.org/content/report/like-meet-assad-damascus/

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The Century Foundation: “Failed Ceasefire Bonds Syrian Rebels and U.S. Government”

New from me for The Century Foundation:

Recent diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire in Syria and facilitate an end to the country’s war have been mostly bilateral, negotiated by the United States and Russia in Geneva. But U.S. diplomacy has been underpinned by a direct channel to a core set of rebel factions necessary to the success of any ceasefire. The running dialogue with these factions has seemingly been key to U.S. leverage in Geneva and is likely to figure prominently into other agreements going forward.

https://tcf.org/content/commentary/failed-ceasefire-bonds-syrian-rebels-u-s-government/

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The Century Foundation panel: “The Cost of Syria’s Collapse”

Video of The Century Foundation’s 19 September panel on Syria, featuring me, Deborah Amos, Thanassis Cambanis, and Michael Wahid Hanna.

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The Century Foundation: “Syria’s Rebels Lose a Symbolic Stronghold”

New from me for The Century Foundation:

Rebel Darayya has fallen. The Damascus suburb meant vastly different things to each side of the war, but both sides seem to recognize the town’s fall as a harbinger of regime victory on what is arguably Syria’s most important front—the interior of the western corridor running down Syria’s Mediterranean coast to Damascus, sometimes called “useful Syria.”

https://tcf.org/content/commentary/syrias-rebels-lose-symbolic-stronghold/

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The Century Foundation: “In Syrian Proxy War, America Can Keep Its Hands Clean or It Can Get Things Done”

New from me for The Century Foundation:

Amateur footage of a Syrian rebel beheading a captive in the back of a pickup truck ought to be a wake-up call – sometimes, this is what proxy war looks like. So is the United States in or out?

https://tcf.org/content/commentary/syrian-proxy-war-america-can-keep-hands-clean-can-get-things-done/

 

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