My interview on the situation in Syria with the Greek-based program Terra Incognita.
Published in the Huffington Post on Aug. 16, 2012. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which comprises 57 nations and represents Muslims worldwide, has agreed to suspend Syria’s membership for the extreme brutality of Bashar Assad’s regime. Iran, Syria’s sole Middle Eastern ally, rejects the decision.
Amjad Dajani writes in a guest column for Levantine Routes It is without a doubt that we are witnessing history repeat itself. A career military man has rebelled against an army he previously served and founded an army of ragtag revolutionaries to fight against despotism. No, this not a re-telling of George Washington’s revolutionary career … More Dajani: The George Washington of Syria
Nick Ottens, a Dutch journalist and analyst at the geopolitical consulting firm Wikistrat, has a new piece in the Atlantic Sentinel in which he examines prospects for Assad’s survival and if he will seek refuge in an Alawite enclave in northwest Syria. Apart from his own analysis, Ottens includes insights from other Middle East specialists … More Assad’s Fate
Josef Olmert writes in a guest column for Levantine Routes The battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, is not “the decisive last battle” of the Syrian civil war. The conflict is clearly leading to the removal of the current leadership from Damascus, as well as Aleppo, but not necessarily from Syria. The Assad-Alawite –Ba’th … More Olmert: Aleppo and the Future of Syria
Published in Wikistrat on Aug. 3, 2012. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has been away from the public eye since a spectacular suicide bombing attack rocked Damascus, killing the defense minister and other key officials. Unconfirmed reports stated Assad has fled the capital; either to his Alawite stronghold in Latakia or to his erstwhile ally Russia. … More The Rebels in Post-Assad Syria
When I wrote in a previous post that Assad may deploy chemical weapons against the Syrian opposition in revenge for the July 18 bombing in Damascus, it is equally important to emphasize this type of violence could also occur in a post-Assad Syria.
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has faced intense sanctions and international pressure from the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states, for the nearly 20,000 deaths since the anti-government uprising began sixteen months ago. In spite of the atrocities and grave violations of human rights, pro-Assad and opposition forces appear to have reached a deadlock. However the tide … More Assad’s Chemical Revenge