Author Archives: Sam Heller

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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