Syria

The Syrian Civil War: What Role do Tribal Loyalties Play?

by Haian Dukhan
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.  

Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising that erupted in 2011, most research has tended to focus on the resurgence of sectarianism and extremism, whereas the resurgence of tribalism has not been studied in depth. […]

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    Saudi–Iranian Rivalry and the Impact on the Syrian Conflict

Saudi–Iranian Rivalry and the Impact on the Syrian Conflict

by Julien Barnes-Dacey
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre looking at the Saudi–Iran rivalry in the region on 7 May 2018. 

Syria’s devastating seven-year conflict began on the basis of strong domestic grievances against the authoritarian Assad rule and local factors have always been key to shaping events on the ground. However, the conflict also quickly assumed an […]

June 22nd, 2018|Analysis, Iran, Saudi, Syria|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – Rania Abouzeid’s ‘No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria’

Book Review – Rania Abouzeid’s ‘No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria’

by Malu Halasa

Early massacres and regime-condoned sexual attacks against women have been cited as reasons that changed a people’s nonviolent movement into a proxy sectarian war. Murkier still are the mechanics of violence – the nuts and bolts of gunrunning, militia financing and the rise and fall of armed groups. In No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime […]

Syria strikes: Considering legality, ethics and prudence

by Toby Fenton

International law is in flux over Syria. The large-scale killing of civilians by the Syrian government; violations of international humanitarian law by multiple parties to the conflict; the use of chemical weapons on multiple occasions; the use of force against Syria by external actors – this non-exhaustive list demonstrates that a significant body of international rules have […]

The Limits of Russian Strategy in the Middle East

by Ben Connable and Becca Wasser
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

In the nearly three years since Russia’s intervention in Syria, Moscow has managed to prevent regime collapse. To some, this intervention along with increased economic and political engagement […]

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