Tag: Alawites

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 23, 2014:  His army is stronger, his allies are more committed and regime’s capacity for brutality has kept it in charge. As representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and some of its opponents sit down Wednesday for their first direct negotiations since the Syrian rebellion began nearly three years […]

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A Report on Jewish & Muslim Diasporas in Latin America: New Comparative Perspectives

A Report on Jewish & Muslim Diasporas in Latin America: New Comparative Perspectives

[ 0 ] January 8, 2014 |

by EMILIE ANNE-YVONNE LUSE for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 8, 2014:  The study of ethnic identity is a daunting endeavor, which, if treated too simply, fails to account for the richness and complexity of human existence. In diasporic studies especially, the researcher faces heterogeneity and hybridity that escape tidy categorization and require constant re-assessment […]

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Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

[ 0 ] September 12, 2013 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  Ambrose Bierce is said to be the author of the saying “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” Despite the vigorous national debate about intervening in Syria, there is some reason to think that most Americans could not find it on a map. Here […]

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WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

[ 0 ] September 4, 2013 |

LARA SETRAKIAN INTERVIEWS JOSHUA LANDIS (VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2013:  Lara Satrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Syria Deeply, a newly-launched independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Satrakian spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for […]

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miriam cooke — Hopes and Disappointments: Revolutionary Narratives from Egyptian and Syrian Feminists

miriam cooke — Hopes and Disappointments: Revolutionary Narratives from Egyptian and Syrian Feminists

[ 0 ] July 3, 2013 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 2, 2013: (Introduction): Twenty-five participants from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Ghana, Turkey, Italy, Holland, Canada and the U.S. gathered in Fez June 21-23 to share their research on developments in the southern Mediterranean in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. The two major concerns […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Iraq, Afghanistan Can Serve as Lessons for Syria

Bruce Jentleson: Iraq, Afghanistan Can Serve as Lessons for Syria

[ 0 ] May 20, 2013 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for DEUTSCHE WELLE on MAY 16, 2013:  Worse than not learning from history, is drawing the wrong lessons. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars carry lessons for the US and its allies in Syria. We just need to get it right, writes Bruce W. Jentleson. In a nutshell, there are two important lessons to […]

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Joshua Landis: We Cannot Fix the National Problems of Syria

Joshua Landis: We Cannot Fix the National Problems of Syria

[ 0 ] May 9, 2013 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for MONDOWEISS (FACEBOOK RESPONSE) on MAY 8, 2013: Joshua Landis is a leading opponent of U.S. intervention in Syria. Last week we did a post faulting NPR’s Melissa Block for bringing up Landis’s marriage to an Alawite woman during an interview with him and Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. […]

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Frances Hasso: Alternative Worlds at the 2013 World Social Forum (Tunis)

Frances Hasso: Alternative Worlds at the 2013 World Social Forum (Tunis)

[ 0 ] April 23, 2013 |

    by FRANCES S. HASSO for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 23, 2013: Last month I attended the World Social Forum (WSF) – my first – in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. I study social movements and teach about the WSF and the very different and more established annual scrum of the powerful in Davos — […]

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Reva Bhalla: U.S.-Iranian Dialogue in Obama’s Second Term (STRATFOR)

[ 0 ] February 5, 2013 |

by REVA BHALLA for STRATFOR on FEBRUARY 5, 2013:  As U.S. President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy team begins to take shape, Iran remains unfinished business for the U.S. administration. The diplomatic malaise surrounding this issue over the past decade has taken its toll on Washington and Tehran. Even as the United States and Iran […]

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