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Iran’s Unrealistic Endgame in Syria

Iran’s Unrealistic Endgame in Syria

On March 22, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met in Beirut with Lebanon’s minister of industry, Hussein Hajj Hassan , who also represents Hezbollah, Lebanon’s powerful Iranian-backed Shia Islamist movement. The group doesn’t only influence Lebanese...

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How will the Conflict between Erdogan and Gulen Affect the Turkish Political Scene?

How will the Conflict between Erdogan and Gulen Affect the Turkish Political Scene?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replaced nearly half his cabinet in a major reshuffle following a corruption scandal that forced the resignation of four ministers. Some of the allegations are related to the state-owned Halk Bankasi bank. The bank is accused of making payments...

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Lebanon: No Government in Sight and Fears of an Imminent Presidential Vacuum

Lebanon: No Government in Sight and Fears of an Imminent Presidential Vacuum

The rapprochement between the US, Iran, and Russia on the nuclear deal, and the increased likelihood of the Geneva 2 Conference on Syria taking place have spurred heightened political and security tensions in Lebanon. The crushing of Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir’s group in Sidon, the escalation...

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The Qalamoun Battles: Calculations and Stakes

The Qalamoun Battles: Calculations and Stakes

Beginning with the regime’s assault on the city of Qara situated along the Damascus-Aleppo international highway on November 19, 2013, the Qalamoun region has seen significant military developments. The opposition battalions immediately responded to the assault by targeting the...

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Turkey's popularity dives in MENA region poll

Turkey's popularity dives in MENA region poll

Turkey’s popularity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has shrunk over last three years, with particular sharp drops among the Syrian and Egyptian public, a field study conducted by a Turkish think-tank says. While 78 percent of respondents in the 16 countries subject to the...

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Study:Impossible to ignore Hezbollah role when you think about Shiism in Syria

Study:Impossible to ignore Hezbollah role when you think about Shiism in Syria

   The Shiite Turn in Syria is in-depth study by the researcher Khalid Sindawi, Zaman Alwasl republishes this important paper which appeared   before in Volume 8 of   Current Trends in Islamist Ideology ,   published by Hudson Institute,  ...

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Study: Prior History of Shiism in Syria and the Role of Education

Study: Prior History of Shiism in Syria and the Role of Education

The Shiite Turn in Syria (Part Three) is in-depth study by the researcher Khalid Sindawi, Zaman Alwasl republishes this important paper which appeared   before in Volume 8 of   Current Trends in Islamist Ideology ,   published by Hudson Institute,  ...

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The Alawite factor within the Shiite turn in Syria

The Alawite factor within the Shiite turn in Syria

    The Shiite Turn in Syria is in-depth study by the researcher Khalid Sindawi, Zaman Alwasl republishes this important paper which appeared   before in Volume 8 of   Current Trends in Islamist Ideology ,   published by Hudson Institute,...

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  Kurdistan: Just Being Independent

Kurdistan: Just Being Independent

  Iraq is going to break up.  It is already happening, but no one wants to acknowledge it because no one wants to be perceived as being responsible for the disintegration of a major Middle Eastern country .   There is not much about the...

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The Shiite Turn in Syria by Khalid Sindawi

The Shiite Turn in Syria by Khalid Sindawi

Syria has never had a large Shiite population, but in recent years there has been an increase in conversions to Shiism within Syria’s Sunni, Ismaili, and Alawite populations. The geographical proximity of Iran to Syria has always led to a certain degree of Iranian influence there,...

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Foreign jihadists surpass Afghan-Soviet war, storm Syria in record numbers

Foreign jihadists surpass Afghan-Soviet war, storm Syria in record numbers

    Foreigners fueled by Islamic fury are rushing to  Syria  to fight President  Bashar Assad  at a faster rate than the flow of rebels into  Afghanistan  in the war against a Soviet-backed regime in the 1980s, analysts say. An...

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Study: Daraa, most contested battlefronts in Syria

Study: Daraa, most contested battlefronts in Syria

Despite limited media coverage, Deraa is one of the most contested battlefronts in Syria. Deraa province, where the uprising began, has been second only to Damascus in the number of kinetic incidents throughout the month of September. [1]  In addition to giving insight into...

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SYRIA: HOW THE WEST CAN PLAY A WEAK HAND BETTER

SYRIA: HOW THE WEST CAN PLAY A WEAK HAND BETTER

This Lowy Institute Analysis examines the trajectory of the Syrian conflict in the wake of the Russian and US agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.  It argues that while that agreement, enshrined in Security Council Resolution 2118, may remove a pernicious class of weapons...

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Syria’s Refugees: The Catastrophe

Syria’s Refugees: The Catastrophe

In early June 2011, some three months into the uprising against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Syrian government forces began preparing for a large-scale assault on Jisr al-Shughour, a rebellious border town sixty-five miles southwest of Aleppo. The events that led to this...

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How Would Hezbollah Respond to Air Strikes in Syria?

How Would Hezbollah Respond to Air Strikes in Syria?

 Hezbollah retaliation could include firing rockets at Israel or executing terrorist attacks on Western and Israeli interests via the group's formidable global networks.   The public debate over strikes on Syria has given Hezbollah and Iran ample time to ratchet up...

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Syria: A View from the Russian Opposition

Syria: A View from the Russian Opposition

  In the Syrian conflict, the Russian government has firmly sided with the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russian author and human rights activist Alexander Podrabinek offers a different view. There is no consensus toward the Syrian crisis in Russia. It varies from...

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Downed Syrian Helicopter Highlights Dangers of the Volatile Turkey-Syria Border

Downed Syrian Helicopter Highlights Dangers of the Volatile Turkey-Syria Border

    It’s far from what the Turks had in mind. In late 2009, at the height of its detente with  Syria , the Ankara government of  Recep Tayyip Erdogan  lifted visa requirements for Syrian nationals and floated plans for future energy cooperation,...

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Analysis: Syria, debt ceiling worry has markets questioning Fed taper

Analysis: Syria, debt ceiling worry has markets questioning Fed taper

Until a few days ago, it looked like a sure bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve would announce the beginning of the end of its massive bond buying program in September. Now, investors are less certain. The prospect of Western military action against  Syria  has sent stock...

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