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Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

21st June 2016 – The Washington Times

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

The situation in Syria remains bleak, with no end in sight to its five-year civil war. President Bashar Assad’s forces and their Russian and Iranian backers continue to lay waste to rebel-held territory, leaving the rebels with shrinking leverage to pressure the regime into a lasting political settlement. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th August 2016 – Quoted by Colin Clarke, Chad Serena - Reuters

Commentary: Why Syria’s war may be about to get even worse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

How important is a name to a terrorist group’s identity? When the militant organization Nusra Front announced recently that it was calling itself something else, analysts had good reason to be skeptical about whether the new label really did signal a genuine break from its parent organization al Qaeda. In fact, it probably doesn’t matter. Even if symbolic, the mere rebranding of Nusra could be enough to prolong Syria’s civil war. more...

24th August 2016 – Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's increased role in Syria. more...

21st August 2016 – Quoted by Linda Qiu - Punditfact

AP’s Julie Pace: Neither Trump nor Clinton has plan to address Syrian civil war

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Viral footage of a stunned 5-year-old boy covered in blood and debris from an airstrike in Aleppo have refocused the world’s attention on the Syrian civil war. more...

18th August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Syria ‘is being swallowed whole by its clients’: Assad may be losing control over his own militias

Tony Badran

Pro-regime militias that have thrived amid the chaos of Syria's five-year civil war are becoming increasingly powerful and prone to warlordism as the state rapidly loses its ability to reign them in, defense analysts say. more...