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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MDC Researcher Dr. Nir Boms has published an article in the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs where he analyzes the implications of the current phase of the Syrian Civil War on Israel's regional policy.
Gilad Shiloach analyzes tension and conflict between al-Qaida affiliates in Syria.
Guest author Kyle Orton, a Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, discusses Turkey's role in Syria by highlighting possible challenges that Ankara may face in the near future.
Adam Hoffman takes a look at how some Syrian social media users viewed the American missile strike in Syria.
Michael Barak analyzes the outrage expressed by Palestinians against the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun, tempered by the reluctance by some segments to condemn the Assad regime itself.
Raz Zimmt argues that Iranians are opposed to the chemical attack in Syria but are doubtful of U.S President Donald Trump's policy.
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.