Tag: Joshua Landis

WATCH: Stephen Kinzer and Joshua Landis on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East –Just Stay Out?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

“Middle Eastern societies finally need a chance to try and resolve their own problems. These countries are facing serious kinds of conflicts but conflict has produced all kinds of civilizations. War produced the United States. Religion kept Europe in the Dark Ages for a thousand years. Out of that came the Enlightenment. You cannot reshape these […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Causes Domino Effect Across Syria as Militias Jockey for Power in One of Syria’s Deadliest Weeks

[ 0 ] July 25, 2014 |

Across Multiple Fronts, Syria Records One of Its Deadliest Weeks Ever: As the global spotlight shifted to Gaza, the past month has been particularly deadly in Syria. Why? by KAREN LEIGH for SYRIA DEEPLY on JULY 24, 2014:  Last week, 700 people died in two days in Syria, in what has been described as the […]

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“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

“A Coronation,” “A Sham,” Voting for “The Devil You Know,” + Other Comments on Syria’s Elections

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JUNE 3, 2014:  In the midst of a nationwide civil war, Syria held a presidential election today, albeit only in government-held areas. There are three candidates on the ballot, including current President Bashar al-Assad who is expected to win. Here is a compilation of analyses from across the […]

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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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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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Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

[ 0 ] January 6, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS (WITH INVALUABLE HELP FROM A.J.N) for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 4, 2014:  A major confrontation has broken out between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Syria’s other rebel militias. It is being led by two newly organized coalitions, called Jaysh al Mujahidiin and the Front of Syrian Revolutionaries. But many other militias […]

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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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Joshua Landis: The US Should Avoid Getting Sucked into the Syrian Civil War

Joshua Landis: The US Should Avoid Getting Sucked into the Syrian Civil War

[ 0 ] August 30, 2013 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for SYRIA COMMENT on AUGUST 26, 2013:  If it is Determined that the Assad Regime Used Chemical Weapons Against Civilians, Should the United States and its Allies Attack Syria? In answer to this question, Joshua Landis and Syria Comment provide the following statement: The US must respond to the use of chemical […]

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UN Warns: Sectarian Bloodshed in Iraq and Civil War in Syria Merging into One Conflict

UN Warns: Sectarian Bloodshed in Iraq and Civil War in Syria Merging into One Conflict

[ 0 ] July 19, 2013 |

by DW (Deutsche Welle) on JULY 19, 2013:  Iraq has been shaken by its worst wave of violence in the last five years. The United Nations has warned that the sectarian bloodshed in Iraq and the civil war in neighboring Syria are merging into one conflict. The outgoing UN envoy to Iraq has warned the Security […]

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