Syria

Russia’s Strategy in the Middle East

by Becca Wasser

Russia’s 2015 intervention in Syria, which caught many by surprise, seemingly heralded Moscow’s triumphant return to the Middle East. But Russia had in fact been edging its way back into the region since at least 2007, emphasising political and economic relations over security relationships. While Syria may not have been the start of Russia’s involvement in the […]

Is the peace-building process in Syria failing women?

by Malu Halasa

When the doyenne of Middle East criticism miriam cooke went to Syria in the mid-1990s looking for women’s writing against the regime, she found prison memoirs and plays critical of Hafez Assad, written by men. When I went to Syria for my book with Rana Salam about the country’s sexy lingerie culture in 2006, we found only […]

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    Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

Book Review – Wendy Pearlman’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled’

by Malu Halasa

In the Syrian conflict, where conspiracy theories and alternative facts abound, the real voices in Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria provide eye witnesses accounts, an essential component to the nearly seven-year long conflict, the anniversary of which takes place on 15 March. As numbers have risen to over 500,000 dead […]

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    Local Integration in the Context of Protracted Displacement Inside Syria

Local Integration in the Context of Protracted Displacement Inside Syria

by Simon Verduijn

As a sustainable end to the conflict in Syria remains elusive and displacement is becoming more protracted, the search for durable solutions will be crucial to providing assistance in the coming years. A durable solution is achieved when displaced persons no longer have any specific assistance and protection needs that are linked to their displacement, and can enjoy […]

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    A Phenomenological Exploration of the Gendered Vulnerabilities of Internally Displaced Syrians

A Phenomenological Exploration of the Gendered Vulnerabilities of Internally Displaced Syrians

by Jaclynn Robinson

Introduction

In order to understand how displaced Syrians are adversely impacted by war, it is worth recognising the gendered vulnerabilities they face. These vulnerabilities have been compounded by war and stand to negatively impact their mental and physical wellbeing as a result of the trauma experienced.

There is increasing evidence that the effects of war can impact the mental […]

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