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Scholarly Publications

Syrian Minorities between Underprivileged Protection and Due Political Representation

July 2013

This paper addresses the future of the political representation of minorities in Syria following the 2011 uprising and the ensuing period of unrest.

Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle

October 2012

Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (IB Tauris 2012) examines the power struggles among states, other political actors, and citizens in the region that...

Assessment Paper on Non‐Proliferation

September 2011

This paper, written for a September 2011 seminar hosted by the Geneva Center for Security Policy,  analyzes developments since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Action Plan was adopted by...

Other Publications

Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

February 2016

An affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad — in Moscow.

ISIS Counts on Anger Over Paris to Advance Its Cause

November 2015

ISIS uses violence as a recruiting tool. The attack on Paris marked a fundamental shift in who the Islamic State targets for violence, but not its aims.

Time for action on Syria

August 2013

CISAC's Anja Manuel advocates for international action to prevent Syria's civil war from spreading throughout the Middle East. The Obama administration still has many options to sending U.S.

News

Syria Provokes an American Anxiety: Is U.S. Power Really So Special?

October 2016

Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, in their New York Times column Interpreter from October 8, are exploring the idea that the United States of America are in a moral position to address the state of...

Brussels Suicide Attacks “Shocking but Not Surprising,” Say Stanford Experts

March 2016

Inner-city neighborhood with links to suspects was known as a base for terrorists to launch attacks across Europe and beyond.

Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising [VIDEO]

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Bassam Haddad explained the roots and dynamics of the tragic Syrian uprising, with particular...

Events

Competing Narratives on Syria amid International Escalation

October 4, 2016

ABSTRACTBy now, those following the news on Syria have been saturated with analysis, data, information, and misinformation on developments there since 2011.

The Russian Intervention in Syria and its Implication on the Syrian Crisis

April 27, 2016

AbstractAfter five years of political support for the regime of Bashar Al-Asad in its war against the opposition, Russia intervened militarily on his behalf in September 2015 and suddenly later...

Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising: From Civil Protests to the Implications of the Russian Intervention

January 22, 2016

AbstractAfter nearly five years since the start of the uprising, Syria finds itself divided and embattled, with no end in sight.

Projects

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

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Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Bassam Haddad explained the roots and dynamics of the tragic Syrian uprising, with particular attention to its background and to the recent...

Conflict and Crisis: Implications of Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Syria

November 2015

As the protracted and chaotic conflict in Syria continues into its fifth year, Syrians of all backgrounds are being subjected to gross human rights violations.

Syria Today, Syria Tomorrow: Politics, Security, and Society

November 2015

Abstract:The Syrian crisis continues to grind on without a viable settlement to the conflict in sight.