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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…

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…