Author Archives: Sam Heller

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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The Century Foundation: “A Syria Policy for Trump’s America”

In a new report for The Century Foundation, I lay out a revised Syria strategy for the United States under President-elect Donald Trump: https://tcf.org/content/report/syria-policy-trumps-america/ U.S. Syria policy had been due for a major rethink, even before the election of Trump. … Continue reading

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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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