Jihad Yazigi is editor and publisher of Syria Report, an independent website that publishes articles on Syrian economic affairs. Though Yazigi’s focus is on economics, he has also closely followed political developments in Syria since the uprising in 2011, and has written on his personal website, “I entirely support the great Syrian revolution and the struggle of the Syrian people for a better, fairer, freer and more dignified life.”

After his father participated in a failed 1961 coup in Lebanon, the family went into exile, first to Ghana, then to Paris, where Yazigi became a French citizen. Diwan met with him on July 12 to discuss the latest political developments in Syria, including the ongoing Astana negotiating process and the recent U.S.-Russian agreement over southern Syria.