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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

Who is the winner in post-ISIS Syria?

ISIS may have been defeated, but the battle for Syria's political soul is far from over.

Gassing and selective applications of a ‘Red Line’: lest we forget

The gassing of people is considered exceptionally inhumane, officially a categorical “red line” dividing good from evil. This belief now threatens to trigger an escalation with unpredictable consequences.

Syria: stop asking questions!

Who gets to decide who is involved in pseudoscience and misdirection? Who asks the questions and who gets bamboozled? What role should the media play?

US withdrawal: what next?

With the war on the "Islamic state" in both Syria and Iraq almost over, the eye is now turned to the two superpowers; the United States of America and Russia. العربية

انسحاب أمريكا: ما التالي؟

أَمَا وإنّ الحرب على تنظيم "الدولة الإسلاميّة"في كلّ من سوريا والعراق قد انتهت، أو تكاد، تتجه الأنظار الآن إلى الهدف التالي لكلّ من القوتين العظميين، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكيّة، وروسيا. English 

Re-thinking EU-Turkey co-operation over migration

Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin is also an example of how refugees are instrumentalized to gain domestic support for foreign policy ambitions.

Limited justice for Syria on the horizon

As the long and tumultuous Syrian civil war grinds on, the cascade of death, displacement and physical destruction shows no signs of ending. 

Let’s talk about the civilians dying in Syria

While recent violence in Eastern Ghouta has made international headlines throughout the first months of 2018, it has not been the only display of force by the Syrian regime.

The horror of Syria - the curse on our houses

Aid workers speak out against the suffering of Syria, the failures of politicians and the cynicism of political campaigns to discredit foreign aid.

The Syrian Kurds at a crossroad

The sharp regional and international alignments that have currently gripped the Middle East in general, and Syria in particular, have put the Syrian Kurds at a crossroads. العربية

How will a Syrian child delete the image of his poverty from search engines?

Media professionals should contribute to respecting the privacy of individuals or groups who are subjects of their news articles, especially when it concerns children and their privacy. عربي

Israel complains about violation of its sovereignty while being a serial violator

In the 4-month period from 1 July to 30 October 2017, Israel violated Lebanon’s airspace 758 times for a total of 3,188 hours.

Long way to Afrin: Turkey’s strategic refugee policy aimed at electoral hegemony and regional political ambitions

Syrian ‘guests’ in Turkey have been used not only as political tools for foreign ambitions, but also for reinforcing the conservative and Islamist ideology promoted by Erdogan’s AKP.

كُرد سوريا... ربع الساعة الأخيرة

الاصطفافات الإقليميّة والدوليّة الحادّة التي تعصف بمنطقة الشرق الأوسط عامّة، وسوريا بشكلٍ خاصّ، وَضَعَت الكُرد السوريين على مفترق طُرُق، في موقفٍ يُعيدُ إلى الأذهان اتفاقيّة سايكس بيكو، ومعاهدتي سيفر، ولوزان. English

As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers. Kurdish

Wives of ‘muhajirin’: who’s your husband?

Upon arriving in Syria, the first step a foreign fighter takes is to find a woman to marry. Why do Syrian women accept such marriages? عربي

It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

The end game is clear: Assad, Russia and Iran will emerge victorious.

من جمال باشا إلى عفرين: سرديّات متصارعة على شاشة التلفاز

هل توجد رغبة كافية لدى صنّاع الدراما لفهم حركة التاريخ المعقّدة في منطقتنا؟

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

The war in Afrin starkly highlights how the dynamics of power and resource grabs by the US,  Russia, and their regional alliances, have shaped contemporary struggles for life and democracy.

Counter-terrorism: new UK strategy must learn obvious lessons

Since 2001, Britain has compromised its passion for the rights of people in the name of counter-terrorism, thereby undermining its national security and winning enemies faster than they are eliminated.

نساء المهاجرين..مين زوجك؟

الخطوة الأولى للمهاجر بعد وصوله إلى سوريا، هي البحثُ عن امرأة للزواج منها. لماذا تَقبَلُ المرأةُ السورية هذا النوع من الزواج؟ English

هل سيتوقف الانتظار يوماً ما؟

إن الانتظار اليوم هو مسلسلُ سوري بامتياز والسوريون هم من يؤدون كلّ أدوارهِ دون أن يعرفوا متى سيتمكنون من التخلصِ منه.

Don't do It: why attacking Afrin city would be a major blunder for the Syrian rebels

To attack a major Kurdish population centre alongside the forces of a historical adversary is a mistake firstly in terms of principle.

The geopolitics of the Kurds and the case of Rojava

How does the military cooperation of the Kurds in Rojava and Northern Syria with the US, Russia and other forces affect their standing in the larger Syrian context? 

The Kremlin as seen from Kobane

While the Kurds once warmed to Moscow, it seems Ankara’s latest military operation in Syrian Kurdistan would have been impossible without the Kremlin’s agreement. 

You've kept your power, Arab rulers, but at what cost?

Let us never forget that those who make peaceful uprisings impossible will eventually make violent revolution irresistible. 

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

This is not an attempt to relitigate this episode, but to critically reflect on the underlying dynamics of social networks that contribute to such outcomes.

الجماهير والفرد: إعادة النظر في كيفية مناقشة القضايا المعقدة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

ليست هذه محاولة لاستعادة تلك النوبة العنيفة، بل للتفكير بشكل نقدي في الديناميات الكامنة وراء شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي التي تقودنا إلى مثل هذه النتائج.

كيف سيحذف الطفل السوري صورة فقره من محركات البحث؟

يجب على العاملين في وسائل الإعلام أن يساهموا في عدم انتهاك خصوصيّة الأفراد أو الجماعات ضمن موادهم وأخبارهم الصحافيّة خاصة حينما يتعلق الأمر بالأطفال وخصوصياتهم. English

Let’s not ‘politicise’: let’s skill

"We are very aware, when it comes to the whole Greek experience, that one of the problems the political left faces is … what it means to be able to implement your own ideas."

What happens after displacement? Syrians re-settling Istanbul through food

Successful food restaurants in certain neighbourhood of Istanbul, such as Fatih Malta Street, now create a hub for Syrians residing all around Istanbul to meet in the religious Fatih neighbourhood.

ما بقي لي من حلب

اليوم، وبعد عام كامل على تلك الذكرى الأقسى في مخيلتي، لم يتبقِ لي من مدينتي سوى ذاك العلم المصنوع فيها، وكاميرتي التي وثقت جميع أحياء المدينة.

The return of authoritarianism is priming the Middle East for more conflict

How is the Saudi-Iranian rivalry overwriting the Arab Spring’s key messages?

بين الفقدان وآثار الحرب.. حكايا الأيتام السوريين في تركيا

"دار السلام للأيتام"  مشروع أنشأته عائلة سوريّة، يسكن فيه نحو سبعين طفلاً يتيماً.  يعتبر أولَ و أكبر دار للأيتام السوريين في تركيا.

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