Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Century Foundation: “Aleppo’s Bitter Lessons”

New from me for The Century Foundation: When opposition-held east Aleppo fell, it fell hard. Now Syria’s rebels and their backers have to piece together what happened and decide how to move forward. Aleppo’s rebels were hobbled by their own … Continue reading

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Ahmad Abazeid: “This is a jungle.”

Below I’ve translated a set of tweets from Syrian revolutionary writer-analyst Ahmad Abazeid, newly out of besieged east Aleppo and now in the Idlib-centric rebel-held north. Abazeid’s tweets provide another glimpse of how Idlib is, by all accounts, a rough place. … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Syrian Opposition Politics—with a Lower-Case ‘p’”

New from me for The Century Foundation: Meet the Nation Building Movement’s Anas Joudeh, whose work likely represents the far, least-tolerated edge of tolerated opposition politics under a resurgent Assad regime. “Syrian Opposition Politics—with a Lower-Case ‘p’”

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War on the Rocks: “This Won’t Look Like Winning: A Sensible Path for Trump’s Syria Policy”

New from me at War on the Rocks: Donald Trump’s election promises a substantive break with Barack Obama’s Syria policy, but he’s also challenged the policy community’s collective understanding of the Syrian war – and on some points, he’s been … Continue reading

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