Tag: Bashar al-Assad

Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

Juan Cole on the Fall of Palmyra to Syrian Regime Forces

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 28, 2016:  That massive Russian air strikes and a determined infantry and armor assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the ancient city of Palmyra could dislodge from it a few hundred or at most a couple thousand Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) fighters is not all that […]

Read More

LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

LISTEN: David Schanzer on Syria Cease Fire Negotiations

[ 0 ] February 12, 2016 |

MUNICH — The United States, Russia and other powers agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war, to take place within the next week, and immediate humanitarian access to besieged areas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced here early Friday. (via Washington Post)  via ON SECURITY on FEBRUARY 11, 2016 (taped before […]

Read More

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, GEOFFREY MOCK and EMILIE POPLETT for DUKE TODAY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: The Syrian refugee crisis was decades in the making. The international community now has less time to try to resolve it. That was the message from a series of scholars, journalists and artists who spoke at a two-day conference […]

Read More

Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

Duke to Host Conference on Arab Refugee Crisis (1/28-1/29)

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  DURHAM, N.C. — Local and visiting scholars and students, activists, journalists, artists and local refugees will come together for a public conference at Duke University Jan. 28-29 to address the urgency of the Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugee crises. This interactive conference — “The Arab […]

Read More

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by ARON LUND for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 3, 2016:  I wrote a post for Syria Comment last year listing the top events of 2014 and what to look for in 2015. So here’s another one—a very long one, in fact. It has been compiled in bits and pieces over a few weeks but was […]

Read More

Syria’s Opposition Conferences: Results and Expectations

Syria’s Opposition Conferences: Results and Expectations

[ 0 ] December 14, 2015 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on DECEMBER 11, 2015:  Now they’re all done—three conferences for three sets of self-proclaimed representatives of the Syrian opposition. One in Damascus, one in Syrian Kurdistan, and one in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. For a thorough background, have a look at Wednesday’s post on Syria […]

Read More

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

Read More

Syria Expert Joshua Landis on the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Potential for Peace in Syria

Syria Expert Joshua Landis on the U.S., Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Potential for Peace in Syria

[ 0 ] November 8, 2015 |

Reports Reuters: “World and regional powers including Iran met in Vienna on Oct. 30 to discuss a political solution to Syria’s civil war. Days later, Iran threatened to pull out of the next round of talks, blaming the ‘negative role’ played by regional rival Saudi Arabia.” But now, indications are that Iran will attend the next […]

Read More

WATCH: Martin Smith Has Lunch with a Pro-Assad Militia Commander (Frontline’s ‘Inside Assad’s Syria’)

[ 0 ] October 30, 2015 |

by MARTIN SMITH for PBS FRONTLINE on OCTOBER 27, 2015:  In this excerpt from “Inside Assad’s Syria” — FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith’s surreal journey inside government-controlled areas of the war-torn country — Smith sits down for lunch with the commander of a pro-regime militia, who explains why he fights for Assad. Watch the full documentary […]

Read More

UNC Student Helps Syrians Seeking Asylum in France

UNC Student Helps Syrians Seeking Asylum in France

[ 0 ] October 20, 2015 |

 by PETER COOKE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 20, 2015: My first experience working face to face with refugees was last fall in Durham, with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Injaz club. Meeting several Iraqi families and hearing their stories of survival and displacement inspired me to pursue a summer experience along the same line […]

Read More