Wednesday March 29, 2017 15:12

  • Opinion: Syria's Spinning Wheel of Fortune — Shifting Fronts, Bargaining Chips & Swinging Alliances

    March 28, 2017

    by Ibrahim Hamidi for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    As key players look to fill the vacuum after the expected fall of ISIS' capital of Raqqa, Al-Hayat columnist Ibrahim Hamidi breaks down the serpentine motivations behind the recent surge in international action on Syrian soil
  • Assad the Servant of All and Master of None

    March 23, 2017

    by Ommar Qaddour for Al-Modon (Lebanese news website)

    After an Israeli attack against an Iranian weapons shipment to Hezbollah in Syria, the writing is on the wall that Assad no longer commands respect anywhere as Russia and Iran try in vain to prop up a discredited regime
  • Syria's Retaliation Against Israeli Attacks Marks New Turn in U.S.-Russia Relations

    March 22, 2017

    by Ammar Fadel for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    Syria's forceful response to the recent Israeli aggression is a Russian message that U.S. hegemony is ending in the region
  • Syria's Three Major Defeats

    March 16, 2017

    by Ommar Qaddour for Al-Modon (Lebanese news website)

    Mismanagement of the fight against the regime, combined with a lack of prior experience and flagging international support, led to the Syrians’ loss of morale and ultimately to the demise of the revolution. Yet, the Syrians’ calls for democracy will continue to shape the future of any Syrian government
  • Discord Among Rebel Groups in Ghouta Beckons Regime Intervention

    March 14, 2017

    by Al-Modon (Lebanese news website)

    As rebel groups squabble over turf and dogma in Ghouta area, the Syrian regime’s unabated efforts continue to isolate the rebel areas, threatening their sustained resistance
  • Syrian Regime’s Delay in Sealing Economic Agreements Cause Row with Tehran

    March 10, 2017

    by Ibrahim Hamidi for Al-Hayat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    Amid Russian-Iranian political rivalry over influence in Syria, more concrete competition in the sphere of economics surfaces as Damascus, in deference to Russian requests, delays implementation of strategic agreements with Tehran
  • Turkey's Consolation Prize in the Battle for Northern Syria: Sunni State of Al-Bab

    March 9, 2017

    by Ommar Qaddour for Al-Modon (Lebanese news website)

    Kurdish displays of multi-directional alliances with Russia, Iran and the U.S. come as no surprise, as all sides, united in curtailing Turkey’s influence in the region, contemplate the preservation of an Alawite state
  • Fierce Contest Over Control of Manbij, the Gateway to Raqqa

    March 9, 2017

    by Alsouria Net (opposition website)

    Kurdish militias ally with Assad forces to try and thwart Turkish-backed FSA groups’ advance toward Manbij, because of the importance the city holds in the battle against ISIS
  • The Winners and Losers in Geneva Talks

    March 8, 2017

    by Zaman al-Wasl (Opposition news website)

    As the results of Geneva talks divide the opposition delegation into parties of optimists and pessimists, the regime is swiftly extending its control, leaving little doubt that the revolution is nearing its end
  • De Mistura's Failure in Geneva Peace Talks

    March 7, 2017

    by Rifaat al-Badawi for al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    De Mistura’s incompetence led to the failure of the talks at Geneva as every platform vied for divergent interests, giving hope that his exclusion as a special envoy at Astana will bring about good results
  • Geneva Charade: Regime is the Opposition

    March 7, 2017

    by Abdulrahman al-Rashed for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    This charade called Moscow and Cairo’s platforms is only an accessory to the Syrian regime
  • Paris Holds the Key to the Resolution of Syrian Crisis

    March 6, 2017

    by Samer Dahi for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    The recent repositioning of Paris vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis toward viewing the regime as a solution to an end of terrorism comes as right-wing movements across the globe dominate the political stage
  • Geneva Peace Talks Stillborn After Homs Attacks

    March 2, 2017

    by Ammar Fadel for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    The latest Astana talks mark a regression from the first round as the US returns to the scene, spurring a series of regional and international developments which undermine earlier achievements
  • Opinion: Concessions Did Not Save Geneva

    March 1, 2017

    by Abdulrahman Al-Rashed for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    Although almost everyone cooperated with the Russian project, including Turkey, Gulf countries, and the Trump administration, this wasn’t enough
  • Opinion: The Search for Syria

    February 28, 2017

    by Ghassan Charbel for Asharq al-Awsat (Pan-Arab, London-based newspaper)

    The international body, along with its influence, has been compromised by the Russian veto which on several occasions stood to thwart any attempt at salvaging Syria today
  • Where is the US on the Geneva Talks?

    February 27, 2017

    by Walid al-Bunni for All4Syria (Independent website)

    The two warring Syrian sides do not have the power to reject or obstruct any peace deal and the position of the new US administration on Syria will determine whether the Geneva talks will be successful
  • Opinion: De Mistura Must Unite Syrian Opposition in Geneva Talks

    February 24, 2017

    by Samer Dahi for Al-Watan (pro-government newspaper)

    De Mistura must try and unite the opposition delegations if the Geneva talks are to be successful, and any future solution will require UN member states to stop funding terrorism and collaborate with the Syrian government, writes Samer Dahi for loyalist Al-Watan
  • Opinion: Iran's Decline

    February 21, 2017

    by Rustum Mahmoud for Al-Hayat (London-based, pan-Arab newspaper)

    The decline of Iran's dominance is inevitable due to its diverging interests with Russia in Syria and the emergence of an American policy shift
  • Opinion: Rehabilitating Assad

    February 20, 2017

    by Bakr Sidqi for Ain al-Medina (opposition website)

    What the return of Hafez Assad's statue to Hama on the 35th anniversary of its destruction by Hafez Assad means for the fate of the Syrian people
  • Opinion: The New American President and the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

    February 20, 2017

    by Musa al-Gharir for Al-Baath (pro-government newspaper)

    The Trump administration's opposition to the US-Iranian nuclear agreement is not shared by its allies among European countries and in the UN

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