Since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the MDC has tracked and analyzed developments as they have occured. The involvement of Iran and Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Western powers, by proxy or directly, in the Syrian conflict, has exacerbated the devastation wrought on that country, as has the emergence of the Islamic State and other Islamist groups. Below you may find our coverage of the issue, though the archives below are not exhaustive.
Syrian Civil War
Syrian Civil War
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Alexey Khlebnikov analyzes how the Syrian conflict has been altered in recent months. The 2016 Syrian ceasefire and the subsequent talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, which renewed the political track, created a new reality, one in which the U.S. and the EU now have taken a back seat to Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
Ceng Sagnic discusses the Russo-Turkish rapprochement with a focus on the Syrian war and the shifting Turkish policy concerning that country.
Brandon Friedman explains that the Iran, Turkey, and Russia cooperation in Syria is not primarily directed at the West; rather, Russia is trying to reestablish itself as Syria’s ultimate arbiter.
In this article from the November 2016 issue of Beehive: Middle Eastern Social Media, Moran Levanoni writes about Hezbollah's efforts to sway public opinion on the Syrian Golan.
In this issue of Middle East Crossroads (צומת המזרח התיכון), Dr. Nir Boms analyzes the humanitarian role of Israel towards the Syrian Golan. In Hebrew.
In his October 2016 'Mideast Monitor' column for the Jerusalem Report, Senior Researcher Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman argues that the partial cease-fire agreed upon by the United States and Russia will not ultimately result in a termination of the Syrian conflict.
MDC Summer 2016 intern Hannah Nowikow explores the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
In this article from the June 2016 issue of Beehive: Middle East Social Media, Dr. Raz Zimmt discusses the use of social media by the Iran regime to memorialize their fallen in Syria.
MDC Researcher Dr. Brandon Friedman explains the spread of chemical weapons in Syria through the lens of recently published reports from a UN-OPCW fact finding team.