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Geopolitical Realignments around Syria: Threats and Opportunities

29/08/16
Middle East, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Syria, Turkey, USA, İran Dr. Ammar Khaf
Abstract: The Syrian uprising took the regional powers by surprise and was able to disrupt the regional balance of power to such an extent that  the Syrian file has become a more internationalized matter than a regional one. Syria has…

The Political Role of Local Councils in Syria - Survey Results

01/07/16
Local councils, Syria Eymen El Dusuki, Hadia El Omari, Muhammed El Fakir
Executive Summary Omran for Strategic Studies conducted a survey of the local councils operating in areas under opposition forces that include 105 local councils from the following provinces: Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo, Idleb, Dara’a, Al Quneitra, Homs, Hama, and Lattakia.…

Nusra and AlQaeda Repercussions of Revoking Pledge of Allegiance

14/03/16
Syria, Terrorism and Security Omran Center
Abstract: Since its establishment in early 2012, al-Nusra Front (al-Nusra) was active in the Syrian uprising and fiercely fighting against the Assad regime. It exploited organizational weaknesses of national resistance factions and benefited later from the mistakes of ISIL. It…

On the US-Russian Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

25/02/16
Russia, Syria, USA Dr. Sinan Hatahet
Abstract: The statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria released on February 22, 2016 following meetings between Kerry and Lavrov indicate the continuance of a joint US-Russian policy to push for a political process that excludes all “rebel” parties.…

Resolution 2254: Feigning Consensus And Postponing the Real Problems

21/12/15
Omran Center
Abstract: The latest UNSC resolution 2254 is a step towards peace in Syria, but not enough for Syrians to celebrate. The resolution delivered a timeframe for the political process; yet it kept explosive issues like the fate of Assad, the…