• Turkey’s Flirtation with Syrian Jihadism

    Turkey’s Flirtation with Syrian Jihadism

    November 07, 2013

    The question of the extent and duration of Turkish support for jihadist factions opposing the Syrian regime has been a sensitive issue for some time.

  • The Curious Case of the Commission for the Protection of Civilians

    The Curious Case of the Commission for the Protection of Civilians

    November 06, 2013

    Swedish authorities have opened an investigation into the activities of Haitham Rahma, a Swedish citizen born in Homs.

  • Waiting for Walid

    Waiting for Walid

    November 05, 2013

    Few other political leaders, even among the notoriously cynical Lebanese zu’ama, shift their opinions with as little apology and ceremony as Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and steward of Lebanon’s Druze community.

  • The Qadri Jamil Affair

    The Qadri Jamil Affair

    November 01, 2013

    While he is routinely billed as an “opposition leader” in Syrian, Iranian, and Russian media, Qadri Jamil has always hovered on the outskirts of regime politics.

  • Jordanian Jihadis and Syria: Interview with Joas Wagemakers

    Jordanian Jihadis and Syria: Interview with Joas Wagemakers

    October 31, 2013

    The presence of Jordanians, and Palestinians from Jordan, as foreign fighters in the Syrian jihadi factions is another factor linking Jordan to the war in Syria.

  • Southern Discomfort: The Insurgency in Deraa

    Southern Discomfort: The Insurgency in Deraa

    October 30, 2013

    Deraa, the cradle of the Syrian uprising, has become the main point of entry for direct U.S. support to the Syrian insurgency.

  • Maliki and the Syrian Kurds

    Maliki and the Syrian Kurds

    October 29, 2013

    The battle for al-Yarubiya, a border crossing point along the Syrian-Iraqi border, is an extension of the broader regional battle for control of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon by jihadists.

  • Rebels Call Geneva Talks “Treason”

    Rebels Call Geneva Talks “Treason”

    October 28, 2013

    In a statement, a group of nineteen Syrian rebel factions jointly condemned the planned Geneva II conference as an “episode in the chain of conspiracies” against their revolution.

  • What’s Next for Saudi Arabia in Syria?

    What’s Next for Saudi Arabia in Syria?

    October 25, 2013

    In the wake of stern warnings of greater unilateralism from Saudi officials and commentators, many observers have been left wondering about the future course of Saudi strategy in Syria.

  • A Dispute in Douma

    A Dispute in Douma

    October 24, 2013

    The city of Douma has long been a stronghold of the insurgency, and several armed factions are active in the area, many of them with an Islamist bent.

  • On the Road to Geneva

    On the Road to Geneva

    October 23, 2013

    A preliminary date has been set for the Geneva II negotiations and the Syrian opposition is expected to sit down with representatives from Bashar al-Assad’s regime to discuss the prospect of a unity government. But note the word ”preliminary.”

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