Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
US leads with assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon but budget battles and a lack of sufficient support from wealthy Arab states threaten to exacerbate Lebanon’s “existential” crisis.
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 | Al-Monitor Week in Review
While Turkey may be shifting its Syria policy in response to domestic and international pressure, Saudi Arabia appears to be digging in to oppose the trend toward a diplomatic solution.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 | Sami Nader, Columnist
The Syria war, like many of the region's other conflicts, has an important oil and gas angle.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 | Nasser Chararah, Contributor
The continuous flow of displaced Syrians into Lebanon throughout the civil war has served to bring attention to internally displaced Lebanese citizens, who lead similarly disaffected lives.
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 | Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Columnist
In an exclusive written interview with Al-Monitor, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said, “The increasing growth of extremist groups” is the deeper problem in Syria and warned “against the narrow, revenge-based view that controls some of the region's countries."
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 | Translated from alhayat
As talk of a potential Geneva II conference has picked up again, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby emphasizes the importance of cooperation in getting all necessary parties to meet at the negotiating table.
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 | Translated from radikal
The Turkish parliament recently issued a decision renewing permission for Turkish troops to intervene militarily in Syria, but they should be addressing the dangers posed by al-Qaeda and jihadist groups.
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 | Translated from alhayat
GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said that while they welcomed Iran’s new rhetoric, it must be accompanied by action on the ground.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 | Translated from radikal
Extremist groups fighting in Syria have set up recruitment centers in southern Turkey, encouraging youth to travel to Syria for jihad.
Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 | Al-Monitor Week in Review
Al-Monitor’s analysis and coverage of what to expect at the UN General Assembly this week.
Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 | Jean Aziz, Columnist
The US-Russia deal on Syria chemical weapons gives momentum to possible settlement and may mean changes for regional players.
Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 | Denis Simonneau, Contributor
Hubert Vedrine, a former French minister for foreign affairs, talks to Al-Monitor about the Syrian crisis.
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 | Translated from alhayat
While Washington and Riyadh agree that the Syrian regime should go, they are very divided on a timeline and how to achieve this goal, with Iran’s role being particularly contentious.
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 | Translated from taraf
Following the outbreak of the Syrian crisis more than two years ago, many factories in the north have been forced to close, and there are reports that some of these sites are being disassembled, smuggled into Turkey and resold.
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 | Madawi Al-Rasheed, Columnist
Saudi Arabia, like Iran, has pursued a sectarian interventionist strategy in Syria that furthers the war and undermines a democratic transition.
Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 | Jean Aziz, Columnist
There are reports that a high-ranking Syrian Alawite officer, Gen. Ali Habib, has left the country, leaving some thinking this could be part of a Russian plan to reach a solution to the conflict.
Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 | Ali Hashem, Columnist
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says that if there is a chance for peace in Syria, “we have to grab it.”
Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 | Rasim Ozan Kutahyali, Contributor
Turkey’s new liberalization package for its largest religious minority is linked to Syria.
Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 | Al-Monitor Week in Review
Al-Monitor’s analysis and coverage of US policy toward Syria.
Friday, Sep. 13, 2013 | Tulin Daloglu, Columnist
The transfer of Turkish weapons to the Free Syrian Army is documented in a court case in Hatay.
Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 | Clovis Maksoud, Contributor
Israel's brooding over Syria should be shifted to hopeful expectation of a peaceful outcome.
Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
The Obama administration is risking a breakthrough with Iran in its rhetoric on Syria.
Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 | Clovis Maksoud, Contributor
While the US public awaits President Barack Obama's speech on Sept. 10, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has publicly criticized a US military attack against Syria, lobbying to continue negotiations during Geneva II.
Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013 | Nasser Chararah, Contributor
The Aramaic-speaking village of Maaloula, a symbol of religious and sectarian coexistence in Syria, has been invaded and desecrated by Islamist opposition groups.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Translated from assafir
Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt discussed the possible US military strike in Syria and Lebanese politics.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Jean Aziz, Columnist
Christians in Syria and Lebanon congregate to discuss the implications for their community should the United States follow through with its plans to carry out military strikes on Syria.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Barın Kayaoğlu, Contributor
Revisiting the 1998 confrontation with Syria over Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan could help decision makers in Ankara avoid the pitfalls of intervention.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Columnist
As foreign military intervention in Syria grows more imminent, the Iraqi authorities would do well to set aside their internal differences and take the necessary precautions should its neighbor’s conflict spill over onto its territory.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Yasmin Alem, Contributor
By talking to Iran, the Obama administration could find a face-saving off-ramp for its Syrian conundrum and build trust for resolving Iran's nuclear crisis.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Sami Nader, Columnist
While the situation in Lebanon is increasingly affected by the crisis in neighboring Syria, President Michel Suleiman must form a government, even without the support of major parties, to end the country’s paralysis and save its economy.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Translated from assafir
Unlike the Syrian opposition abroad, the Syrian National Coordination Committee rejects a US strike and calls for diplomacy toward a political solution.
Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 | Andrea Glioti, Contributor
In Amuda, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has imposed a resolution banning Syrian Kurdish emigration after last month's mass exodus in pursuit of autonomy.
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 | Translated from assafir
The Syrian town of Maaloula, once a common pilgrimage site for Christians from around the world, has in recent days witnessed violent clashes between armed Islamist opposition groups and the Syrian army.
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 | Fehim Taştekin, Columnist
A slowdown in the peace process with the PKK and anticipation of a US military strike has pushed the Rojava, or Western Kurdistan, opening to the back burner.
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 | Translated from alhayat
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has proposed an eight-point initiative to resolve the Syrian conflict, based on a comprehensive cease-fire and a rejection of military intervention.
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 | Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent
Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee focus on potential adverse fallout from a US strike on Syria, including emboldening extremist opposition to Bashar al-Assad.
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 | Shlomi Eldar, Columnist
If Israel was to discuss striking Syria, it would never have taken place in a Knesset open debate — as is the case in the US Congress — but behind closed doors.
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 | Tal Pavel, Contributor
The Syrian Electronic Army, related to elements supporting President Assad, intensifies its targeting of government bodies and global media outlets.
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 | Akiva Eldar, Columnist
Israel's right wing seeks to score propaganda points at US expense.
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 | Charlotte Bruneau, Contributor
The plight of women in Lebanese refugee camps is worsening as refugees continue to flee the war in Syria.
Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 | Murhaf Jouejati , Contributor
If the endgame is a diplomatic solution, the Obama administration should seek to strengthen secular Syrian opposition forces in advance of the Geneva II conference.
Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 | Shlomi Eldar, Columnist
Israelis will celebrate the Jewish New Year with the threat of the Syrian civil war, the revolutions in Egypt and other changes in the region; next year doesn't promise more stability.
Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 | Hazem Balousha, Contributor
Fighters from Al-Quds Brigades say they are ready to fight in Syria alongside Hezbollah if requested.
Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 | Martin Armstrong, Contributor
Bus companies operating between Lebanese and Syrian cities continue despite the high dangers of war.
Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 | Madawi Al-Rasheed, Columnist
Saudi Arabia is advocating for a US military strike in Syria to advance its own regional and sectarian agenda.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
Layla M. writes that the only sentiment shared by Syrians is one of collective loss — of both a secure past and a meaningful future. The general feeling on the streets of Damascus is that the current system of governance is crumbling under the weight of civil war and economic sanctions.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
Syrians have learned to anticipate bad things, writes Layla M. for Al-Monitor. A massive explosion hit the regime’s military headquarters last month, shattering a short-lived sense of normalcy and bringing back to Damascus a sense of anxiety and dread.
Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
The recent intensification of violence in Syria’s two main cities has practically brought commerce to a standstill. Business owners aren’t seeing the profits to inject back into the market; meanwhile, the protracted and dangerous state of Syria’s unrelenting crisis has made those with cash anxious to save it, further freezing economic conditions.
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 | Mark Fitzpatrick, Contributor
Unconventional weapons must be a top international priority, writes Mark Fitzpatrick. The risk of Syria’s chemical weapons being used is very real, and the prospect of them falling into the wrong hands is even more so, given the degree to which the stockpiles are dispersed and the number of fighters in Syria with links to al-Qaeda and other radical groups.
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 | Justin Vela
The inhabitants of Azaz — always an unruly lot known for smuggling, and in some cases, drug running — were in a celebratory mood as they showed off their “liberated” city. Still, in the bloody aftermath of the recent bombing, efforts to form new institiutions, like courts, remain a challenge. Justin Vela reports for Al-Monitor.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 | Katie Paul, Contributor
Syria's former prime minister, who defected last week, said the Assad regime is crumbling and controls only about 30% of the country. In Jabal Zawiya, a village under rebel control in a strategic spot between Aleppo and the coast, boy soldiers with Kalshnikovs and walkie-talkies rule, writes Katie Paul, who also shares photos from her journey.
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
One deeply distressing consequence of the Syrian crisis is the increasing number of families breaking up over support for either the FSA or the regime. Divisions emerge in the city and country, among the rich and poor, and few are even aware of the extent to which their lives are affected by national and international geo-politics.
Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
Syrians opposed to Assad’s rule often get more media attention, but a visit to Damascus shows that a sizeable — and perhaps decisive — part of the population supports, or at least doesn’t resist, his remaining in power. Some even blame parents who bring their children to protests — to “get shot and killed” — for fueling violence.
Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
The Syrian opposition scored a big victory last week with the assassination of members of Assad's inner circle, but the gains quickly slipped through their fingers in the face of the regime's overwhelming might. Layla M. goes to crucial Damascus neighborhoods in the battle, where she talks to city residents.
Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 | Henri J. Barkey
The bombing that killed senior regime officials in Syria is just another sign that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is on its way out sooner or later, writes Henri J. Barkey. Syria’s disintegration will quickly be felt in Iraq, already on the brink of sectarian violence, and ties between Iraqi and Syrian Kurds will increase pressure on both Turkey and Iran.
Saturday, Jul. 21, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
The start of Ramadan in Damascus usually sees Syrians wishing family and friends well as they scurry between shops buying supplies for the sunset meal which breaks the fast, writes Layla M. from the Syrian capitol. But this Ramadan, most of the activity on the street is at protests and funerals as Damascenes flee neighborhoods under siege.
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012 | Layla M., Contributor
Layla M., on the ground in Damascus, reports that amid sporadic artillery fire and power outages, with helicopters whirring overhead, residents verged on jubilation. But the city was a ghost town Wednesday night, hopes tempered by fears ranging from economic paralysis to chemical weapons.