Ruthless regimes not impervious to civil resistance: A reply to Maged Mandour
There is little systematic evidence to suggest that “ruthlessness” is, in and of itself, a critical variable.
Published in: North Africa, West AsiaBeyond civil resistance: the case of Syria
Civil resistance is not sufficient to bring down a ruthless regime, as one can see in Bahrain or in Yemen. But...
On Syria, most thoughtful people are torn
Foreign military intervention would prolong the war and increase the carnage still further. But this does not mean...
A reply to Stephen Zunes on military intervention in Syria
This is a reply to Stephen Zunes' response to the author. Zunes argues that violent or nonviolent movements alike...
Mission accomplished? Syria, the antiwar movement and the spirit of internationalism
The Assad killing machine, which was overwhelmingly nonchemical to begin with, can continue unfettered on its...
The Syrian resistance: a tale of two struggles, Part 2
Probabilities are always shredded by violent conflict, except the probability that freedom and justice will be...
The Syrian resistance: a tale of two struggles
In Syria, mixing violent and nonviolent resistance jeopardized people power, particularly when violence became the...
Opposition to intervention in Syria utilitarian, not ideological
Whether or not a movement is primarily violent or nonviolent, what is important is whether it employs strategies and...
Syria, savagery, and self-determination: what those against military intervention are missing
Military intervention, as regrettable and complicated as it may be, is the only way to stop Assad’s killing machine....