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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…

The Political Role of Local Councils in Syria - Survey Results

01/07/16
Local councils, Syria Ayman Al Dassouky, 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.…