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De-escalation Zones: A Cloak to Refocus on the East

13/06/17
Middle East, Russia, Syria, Turkey, İran Omran Center
Executive Summary The de-escalation zones from the latest Astana meeting on Syria aimed to freeze the conflict on the western fronts in order to deploy the regime and its allies’ forces to prevent a total loss of the eastern territories…

ISIS and the Strategic Vacuum- The Dilemma of Role Distribution- The Raqqa Model

21/05/17
Middle East, Syria, Terrorism and Security Nawar Sh. Oliver, Sasha El Alu
Executive Summary The Raqqa operation closely mirrors the Mosul operation both politically and militarily. Politically, it was launched amid disagreements and a lack of clarity about which local and international forces would participate and who would govern the city post…

The Security Situation in Syria and Ways to Manage It

28/01/17
Middle East, Syria Maen Talaa
Executive Summary This paper evaluates and scrutinizes the various security apparatuses in Syria, starting with areas under the political control of the regime, then delving into those held by the opposition, and finally looking into the administratively autonomous regions. Elucidating…

What’s Next for the Opposition After Aleppo

31/12/16
Russia, Syria, Turkey, İran Dr. Ammar Khaf
Abstract: The fall of Aleppo is not the end of the opposition in Syria, but perhaps marks the beginning of a Russian attempt to consolidate spheres of influence that are controlled by its regional allies and then push for a…

The Syrian Security Services and the Need for Structural and Functional Change

18/11/16
Syria Maen Talaa
Executive Summary Systemic, functional, and structural change in the security services is a crucial issue that awaits objective solutions that take into account the rapidly shifting circumstances and variables throughout Syria. Because security reform is a complex process, it will…