Saturday, November 2, 2019


The Syrian conflict presents an excellent case study for students of international relations theories, in particular to those interested in realpolitik and the power of alliances. According to Hans Morgenthau -the disting...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

More than eight years after the Syrian Uprising began, I now have an unexpected answer to the question I am repeatedly asked. “Where is Syria today?” Without blinking, I respond: “Stranded in Kabul!” My response generates...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


 

Violence in the last couple of months has, relatively speaking, been halted in Syria. However, alas, this does not denote a closer end to the conflict. On the contrary, two developments occurred earlier this April that w...

Friday, March 15, 2019

On Sunday March 10th, the regime forces reinstated a new bronze statue of late president Hafez Asad in Daraa city, replacing an old one that was taken down by anti- Asad protesters in April 2011. The regime’s message seems...

Monday, March 4, 2019

Welcome to the new Syria, the Syria that defeated the cosmic conspiracy against it!

Those who stood by Syria’s leadership are finally in a position to harvest the fruits of prosperity and progress. In fact, a survey of prom...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Case (Colvin et al v. Syrian Arab Republic)

Civil Action No. 2016-1423

Judge Amy Berman Jackson

Decision (February 1, 2019)

Funeral expenses: $11,836

Solatium Damages: $2.5 million

Punitive Damages: 300,000 million

Total: $302,51...

Friday, December 21, 2018

After the sudden announcement of US withdrawal from Syria, followed by confusion in Washington and the resignation of Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, the attention shifts to the long-term consequences of this decision for...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Let’s begin with the ‘ugly’.

This would be the combination of laws, structures and projects, recently decreed and initiated by the Syrian regime. They range from the vulgar ‘ugly’, like Law number 10 which amounts to a larg...

Monday, October 29, 2018

Encouraged by colleagues, I unwisely add a personal sequel to my last post, “In the Circles of Kings.” I refrained from adding these stories in my previous post not only because it’s always easier to talk about what others...

Monday, October 15, 2018

The works of classical Muslim scholars are replete with references on the dangers associated with proximity to those in power. Iyyakum wa-al-dukhul ‘ala al-salatin (Never enter the palaces of sultans) is a common heading f...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Vladimir Putin and his new good friend Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - the two powerful men in the Syrian drama – smiled triumphantly as they shookhands in Sochi. They did it! They signed a surprise deal that claimed it will preven...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Growing up in Syria, I learned quickly what exactly constituted a political sin, or an error in one’s political reasoning. These were not only sins in the eyes of official Syria. They were equally sins in the eyes of popul...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The ‘Syrian people are one’, ‘we are all Daraa’, and ‘Oh Daraa we shall support you to death’. These are some of the slogans that were chanted by anti-regime protesters in the southern city of Sweida only a few days after...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

It was June 2nd, 1978 when the Tunisian football team accomplished a historical win over the Mexicans 3-1 in Argentina during the FIFA World Cup. The victory was the first for an Arab team and was celebrated widely among t...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A few months ago, I was asked to update the Historical Dictionary of Syria, a task that immersed me into passages of Syria’s recent political history. It was a relief to escape the media frenzy over the tragic events in Du...

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