Author Archives: Sam Heller

Abu Mariya al-Qahtani: “So do you leave [your enemy] and just say, ‘In the end, we lose?'”

Below is a translated excerpt from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Abu Mariya al-Qahtani’s (Myassar al-Jubouri) May 30 appearance on the latest season of Abdullah al-Muheisini’s Ramadan interview show, Daimeh, in which Qahtani touches again on something that’s been on my mind: The … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Syrian Jihadists Jeopardize Humanitarian Relief”

New from me for The Century Foundation, on the latest challenge to humanitarian assistance for civilians in Syria’s rebel-held northwest: “Syrian Jihadists Jeopardize Humanitarian Relief” Since the beginning of the year, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham – the latest iteration of former … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Turkish Crackdown on Humanitarians Threatens Aid to Syrians”

New from me for The Century Foundation, on Turkish authorities’ rolling crackdown on international relief NGOs (INGOs): “Turkish Crackdown on Humanitarians Threatens Aid to Syrians” Humanitarians venerate principles of neutrality and independence, but their ostensibly apolitical work now seems to … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Turkey’s ‘Turkey First’ Syria Policy”

New paper from me for The Century Foundation, on the evolution of Turkey’s agenda in north Syria and its implications for the Syrian opposition: “Turkey’s ‘Turkey First’ Syria Policy” More than ever before, the Syrian opposition depends on Turkey’s support – … Continue reading

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War on the Rocks: “Syria: A Journey Into the Unknown”

New from colleague Michael Wahid Hanna and I for War on the Rocks about the balancing act of U.S. intervention in Syria: “Syria: A Journey Into the Unknown” Last week’s U.S. missile strike, as it was executed and messaged, seems to have … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs: “Syria Policy After the Chemical Attacks”

New from me for Foreign Affairs: So America might intervene in Syria now? “Syria Policy After the Chemical Attacks” I have mixed feelings about U.S. military action in Syria. But if it’s about to happen, then any U.S. action should … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Four Perspectives on Syria, Round II”

New at The Century Foundation: TCF colleagues Aron Lund, Thanassis Cambanis, Michael Wahid Hanna and I return for another wide-ranging Syria roundtable. Four Perspectives on Syria, Round II

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