May 21, 2020

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: Perceptions on Return to Syria

The first chapter provides a general overview on the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey, by relying on UN and Turkish government official data, and through the results of the field survey

April 10, 2020

Shabbiha: Paramilitary groups, mass violence and social polarization in Homs

In 2011, paramilitarism became a prominent feature of the Syrian conflict. From the outbreak of the uprising in March 2011, the Syrian government’s violent response to the mass protests became more extensive and intensive

September 22, 2019

Priorities for the 2019 UN General Assembly

the release of detainees, lasting ceasefire and humanitarian access in Idlib, protecting refugees from forced return, justice in northeast Syria, and cessation of property crimes

July 5, 2019

Food Security & Conflict in Syria

Siege policies are most dangerous as populations are starved through “collective punishment”

May 25, 2019

Transformations of the Syrian Military: The Challenge of Change and Restructuring

The Syrian regime’s use of local and foreign militias led to an imbalance in the structure and responsibilities of the army during the revolution, so that the military became a more Alawite-dominated institution because of its reliance on its Alawite members

May 23, 2019

Walls Have Ears: An Analysis of Classified Syrian Security Sector Documents

The analyzed documents provide a unique, contemporaneous record of the decision-making processes of the Syrian

May 8, 2019

International Criminal Tribunals and Civil Society: Impediments and Opportunities for Engagement

Previous international tribunals demonstrate that the work of international criminal justice mechanisms (ICJMs) and local civil society organizations (CSOs) often overlap. However, this shared mission has not always led to close cooperation

February 20, 2019

Regression of services and living conditions: Regime’s incubator raging

The Syrian opposition figure, Riad Na’san Agha considers that the way the regime deals with the criticism of citizens at present is far from freedom

July 24, 2018

Time for Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation in Syria

One of the most significant challenges will be to file lawsuits against individuals in an unbiased manner.