The Syria Project

The Syria Project

Promoting Regime Change in Syria

Over the past two years, the Syrian Civil War has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives as the regime of Bashar al-Assad battles opposition groups to retain its hold on power. The Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of opposition organizations, is now considered by the Obama administration and many in Europe and the Middle East as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

FDD’s experts are in close contact with secular, liberal elements within the Syrian opposition and dissident communities to analyze the changing situation and operational environment, and to identify the optimum policy options.

To defeat ISIS, study the antiquity trade

25th January 2016 – CNBC

To defeat ISIS, study the antiquity trade

Yaya J. Fanusie

The Islamic State's destruction of ancient sites in Syria and Iraq has dominated the headlines recently, along with claims that the group reaps enormous profits from looted antiquities. more...

Analysis & Commentary

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing companies and financial institutions that allow the airline to operate, Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed (Google link) published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Jonathan Schanzer

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings. more...

4th February 2016 – Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran right now. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. more...

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