Author Archives: Sam Heller

War on the Rocks: “A Deadly Delusion: Were Syria’s Rebels Ever Going to Defeat the Jihadists?”

New from me for War on the Rocks: “A Deadly Delusion: Were Syria’s Rebels Ever Going to Defeat the Jihadists?” Whatever else Syria’s rebels were, and whatever the reasons for backing them – they were never going to be a … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation / Carnegie Middle East Center: “Reform, Revolution, Culture: How to Resist Arab Authoritarianism?”

Below is the video of our panel from the “Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings” launch event, held on July 13, 2017 at Beirut’s Carnegie Middle East Center. The panel featured me, Asya El-Meehy, and Aron Lund, and was moderated by … Continue reading

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Carnegie Middle East Center’s Diwan: “What’s Next in Idlib?”

I talk to Carnegie Middle East Center’s Diwan – two weeks ago, so before Hayat Tahrir al-Sham / Jabhat al-Nusrah’s outright takeover – about the situation in rebel Idlib: Carnegie page: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/72611

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“مركز كارنيغي للشرق الأوسط: “ما الخطوة التالية في إدلب؟

مقابلتي مع “مركز كارنيغي للشرق الأوسط” (باللغة العربية) عن آفاق محافظة إدلب والشمال السوري المحرر: ملاحظة: تم تسجيل المقابلة قبل الأحداث الأخيرة وفرض هيئة تحرير الشام / جبهة النصرة لسيطرتها على مفاصل الشمال. والرابط الأساسي: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/72613

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The Century Foundation: “America Had Already Lost Its Covert War in Syria—Now It’s Official”

New from me at The Century Foundation: “America Had Already Lost Its Covert War in Syria—Now It’s Official” President Trump has shut down America’s covert program to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. There’s been … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs: “Washington’s Dead End in Syria”

New from me for Foreign Affairs today: “Washington’s Dead End in Syria” In Syria, the United States may have won a victory over the Islamic State that only lasts so long as the U.S. sticks around indefinitely. Because of the … Continue reading

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Yousef al-Qaradhawi and the “Children Bomb” (Updated)

(Updated below with response from Declan Walsh / the New York Times.) In Declan Walsh’s 16 July New York Times article on Qatar’s tendency to host politically iffy guests, he illustrates the controversy surrounding Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradhawi with a particularly inflammatory quote: … Continue reading

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