Tag: Bashar al-Assad

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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Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] March 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 30, 2014:    “After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” notes UNICEF in a new report. More than 10,000 children have been killed since the revolution began, and nearly 3 million have […]

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Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

by LARRY LUXNER for THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT , MARCH 2014:  Early this month, when Mohamed Ezzine Chelaifa visits the White House to present his credentials as Tunisia’s new envoy to the United States, President Obama might get the feeling it’s déjà vu all over again. After all, the country has now seen three ambassadors in Washington in the span of […]

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 3, 2014:  The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales for Russian support for the Baath government in Damascus is that it is seen as more […]

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An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 19, 2014: Most observers agree that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has mishandled the current political crisis. The AKP, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, once aspired to civil society and pluralism, but has recently embraced a strain of single-party authoritarianism. The government has sought increased […]

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Joshua Landis: The Assad Regime and Jihadis — Collaborators and Allies?

Joshua Landis: The Assad Regime and Jihadis — Collaborators and Allies?

[ 0 ] February 12, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for SYRIA COMMENT on FEBRUARY 11, 2014:  Almost every day on my Twitter feed, I come across allegations that the jihadis operating in Syria- in particular, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) or “al-Qa’ida” more generally (by which Jabhat al-Nusra is meant as well)- are somehow in secret collaboration with […]

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Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 7, 2014:  When the governments of the United States and Russia began planning for the Geneva II conference on peace in Syria, a simple division of labor was drawn up. The United States would be responsible for bringing the opposition to the table and making it sign […]

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First UN Report on Children in Syria’s Civil War Paints Picture of ‘Unspeakable’ Horrors

First UN Report on Children in Syria’s Civil War Paints Picture of ‘Unspeakable’ Horrors

[ 0 ] February 6, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on FEBRUARY 4, 2014:  4 February 2014 – Syrian children have been subjected to “unspeakable” suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government and allied militia responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat and using terror tactics in civilian […]

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Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in  2012-2013 (HRW)

Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013 (HRW)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2014 |

via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (REPORT: RAZED TO THE GROUND: SYRIA’S UNLAWFUL NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOLITIONS IN 2012-2013) on  JANUARY 30, 2014:  SUMMARY EXCERPT:  Since July 2012, Syrian authorities have deliberately demolished thousands of residential buildings, in some cases entire neighborhoods, using explosives and bulldozers, in Damascus and Hama, two of Syria’s largest cities. Government officials and pro-government […]

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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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