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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The West’s approach to Saudi Arabia: ‘one step forward, two steps back’

Western powers are actively enabling the very human rights violations they seek to expose.

The Iran that is accepted in Syria

It is clear that there is consensus among the parties to the Syrian conflict to end or reduce the growing role of Iran in Syria. العربية

Meet the Syrian regime’s trusted friend

The next phase in Syria’s brutal modern history will likely see more Khaled al-Ahmad type figures propagated by the regime, repackaged and sold in western media as ‘fixers’.

The forgotten history of revolutionary Raqqa, and its deep wounds

An interview with Mazen Hassoun, a young Syrian researcher and the co-founder of the online outlet Raqqa Post.

Yarmouk: a late obituary for the capital of the Palestinian diaspora

The story of the Palestinian refugee camp besieged, destroyed, and emptied it of its people before being looted by Syrian regime soldiers.

Russia’s cautious role in Syria

How far would Russia risk its international relations to protect the regime of Bashar Al Assad?

“Why would Assad do it?” Debunking the abstract theories surrounding Syria’s chemical attacks

The April chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma provoked widely-circulated theories questioning why the Assad regime would use chemical weaponry. But do they really hold?

Heritage peacebuilding in Iraq

After years of funding being pumped to Iraq’s NGO sector based on US military needs, local civil society is rebuilding itself based on Iraqi priorities, not least of which is heritage.

Against solidarity of the powerful

Is it true that western powers’ silence over Yemen stands in opposition to their solidarity for the Syrians? Or, or do they both acquire the same quality?

Reporting Syria: this is a story about people - an interview with Rania Abouzeid

A conversation with reporter Rania Abouzeid about practicing journalism, the role of media in the conflict, and the future of Syria.

The crisis of the state in the Arab region and the rise of the Islamic State

Islamic radical groups, such as the Islamic State, seem to have become the substitute for a failed regional order and failing domestic conditions.

How Assad tortures and kills Syria’s pacifist young leftists

Why is it that the brightest peaceful activists who preach freedom against violence are the first to be killed by the Assad regime?

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.

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.

Has the Yemeni state ceased to exist?

Is it the disappearance of the Yemeni state that has resulted in the suffering of Yemenis?

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

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.

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

Is Sweden complicit in war crimes in Yemen?

Despite the documented crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sweden continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

How Saudi Arabia and Iran shared the rise and fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh

The commonly held view that the conflicts in Yemen – and elsewhere in the region – are a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia must be revised.

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.

Not a Saudi ‘Arab spring’: Mohammad Bin Salman, a threat not a reformer [Part 2]

Mohammad bin Salman is now MENA’s main threat to peace, stability, and hope for democratization in the Arab world.

Yemen: 2017 in review

2017 has been a year of utter despair in light of countless human rights atrocities committed on multi-fronts.

In search of cardinal virtues in Iraq

Political violence has ascended into a mode of governance in Iraq today, wherein religious identity reigns supreme.

Libya: damned if we do and damned if we don’t

Given the complex attitudes towards foreign interventions in Libya, we need a clear strategy that stands up to local, regional, and international scrutiny.

الروسي في الساحل السوري: لا احتلال ولا من يحزنون!

بغض النظر عن انتماء الروس العرقي والديني، يتشارك السوريون في جزء كبير منهم برفض تسمية القوات الأجنبية الموجودة على أرضهم بالاحتلال، وكل منهم يتمترس وراء موقفه الأساسي مما يجري في البلاد.

After Raqqa: what will it take to get to peace in Syria?

While the ruins of Raqqa have changed hands, the drivers and impacts of the war remain open wounds.

What we are fighting for

The relationship between Iraq and the United States is intimate, toxic, and enduring. It is a relationship whose violence is generally dismissed as inevitable.

An Arab perspective on Channel 4’s "The State"

A review of Channel 4's "The State", a show that takes ISIS as its subject and Syria as its backdrop. But does it deliver on its promises?

DSEI: A supermarket for state surveillance and border wars

As borders are increasingly militarised and their operation privatised, migration, more than ever before, is also an anti-militarist struggle.

Militias and crony capitalism to hamper Syria reconstruction

Reconstruction is a main project of the regime and crony capitalists, linked with a plan to consolidate their political and economic power, while rewarding foreign allies for their assistance with a share of the market.

Time to rethink UK’s engagement with Saudi Arabia

The UK has long been criticised for its close relationship with Saudi Arabia but it is time to rethink it.

من السلفية إلى العلمانية

لقد كانت هناك دائماً سلفية من نوع ما، وهي تمثل إيديولوجيا تتلوّن كلّ مرة بثوب جديد والقالب نفسه لا يتغيّر ويمكن تصنيفها في تيارين كبيرين لكلّ منهما جزئيات كثيرة متفرعة.

A trip to liberated Minbic in Northern Syria: from hell to paradise

The city of Minbic (Manbij) and its surroundings are among the most contested regions in the Syrian war. Ercan Ayboga interviewed representatives of the new Democratic Administration in Minbic.

السرية والشفافية الأمريكية بشأن استخدام القوة الفتاكة

تقرير جديد يشير الى أن تزايد احتمالات الإساءة للمدنيين وإلحاق الضرر بهم في ظل الإدارة الأمريكية الجديدة تجعل الشفافية مسألة ملحة أكثر من أي وقت مضى English.

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