• Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending January 19, 2018

    Jan 19, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congress scrambles to prevent a government shutdown; the government looks to cut funds to World Bank and UNRWA; Tillerson outlines Trump’s Syria policy.

  • Panel Discussions
    SyriaConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Updates from Syrian Opposition Figures

    Jan 17, 2018

    On January 17, 2018, Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) hosted an event titled “Updates from Syrian Opposition Figures.” Five leaders from the Syrian opposition t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending January 12, 2018

    Jan 12, 2018Joe Macaron

    Congress grapples with FISA legislation and new sanctions; senators explore US strategy for Syria; President Trump keeps the JCPOA in place, but adds new sanct…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    The Syrian Opposition Faces an Existential Crisis

    Dec 21, 2017Joe Macaron

    After losing important bargaining chips such as control of territory and ability to declare a ceasefire, the Syrian opposition may not be able to influence the…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    No Room for Assad in a Future Syria

    There is no end to Syria’s conflict, no establishment of a democratic and open political system, and no return for Syria’s refugees, so long as Bashar al-Assad…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending December 22, 2017

    Dec 21, 2017Marcus Montgomery

    Congress looks to ratchet up pressure on Syria and Qatar; President Trump releases his National Security Strategy; Trump and Haley take issue with the United N…

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: The Russian Draft of the Syrian Constitution (in Arabic)

    Dec 21, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    During the Astana talks, Russia distributed a draft for a proposed new Syrian constitution, in order to "expedite the negotiations."Read more

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Using Its Syrian Foothold, Russia Expands in the Middle East

    Dec 14, 2017Charles W. Dunne

    Russia’s victory in Syria does not merely prop up the Assad regime but, more broadly, helps propel Moscow’s strategic interests in the wider Middle East.

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    Future Possibilities for the Kurds in Post-IS Syria

    Nov 28, 2017Mustafa Gurbuz

    With the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, Kurdish activities and aspirations are yet again exposed to the calculations and machinations of all the parties…

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Why did negotiation fail in Geneva and succeed in Astana (in Arabic)

    Nov 9, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    It was apparent that the latest Astana meetings were designed by Russia, Turkey, and Iran to produce predetermined results.Read more

  • Op-Eds

    Radwan Ziadeh: Time is up for calculations (in French)

    Nov 8, 2017Radwan Ziadeh

    The two recent rounds of talks in Astana bringing together the Syrian regime and the opposition had brought nothing new and were merely a facade.Read more

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Bilateral Disagreements Aside, Jordan and Israel Agree on Syria

    Jordan and Israel view military activities by Sunni extremists groups and by Hezbollah as threats and are using their developing ties with Russia to try to mit…