Author Archives: Sam Heller

Tahrir al-Sham official on Turkey’s intervention to implement Astana: “That’s not the reality.”

Below is a translation of a 13 October Telegram post by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (previously Jabhat al-Nusrah) media official Muhammad Nazzal (“Abu Khattab al-Maqdisi”). This post represents the purest distillation I’ve seen of how Hayat Tahrir al-Sham seems to be … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs: “Don’t Fund Syria’s Reconstruction”

New from me from for Foreign Affairs: “Don’t Fund Syria’s Reconstruction” As the regime of Bashar al-Assad draws closer to a victory on the battlefield, domestic Syrian and international attention has turned to the next fight – the terms of … Continue reading

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المدن: “مسألة البادية وانهاء الجيش الحر”

مقالتي الأولى لصحيفة “المدن”، حول معارك البادية والموقف الأمريكي: “مسألة البادية وانهاء الجيش الحر”  

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حلب اليوم، “سورية في أسبوع”: “هل تغيرت أولويات الغرب في سورية؟ أم كانت مواقفه السابقة مجرد متاجرة سياسية؟”

مشاركتي في برنامج “سورية في أسبوع” على قناة “حلب اليوم” حول أولويات الغرب في سوريا وآفاق القضية السورية:

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The Century Foundation: “Desert Base Is Displaced Syrians’ Last Line of Defense”

New from me for The Century Foundation: “Desert Base Is Displaced Syrians’ Last Line of Defense” In the Badiyah desert, the Syrian regime’s eastward advance has jammed together America’s covert war in Syria, its overt campaign against the Islamic State, … Continue reading

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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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