Potemkin parliament: Baathists consolidate control as access to power shifts

Syria Update 27 July 2020 Table Of Contents Download PDF Version Potemkin parliament: Baathists consolidate control as access to power shifts In Depth Analysis On 21 July, Syrian media reported the official results of the country’s 19 July parliamentary elections. As expected, candidates belonging to the National Unity list secured a firm parliamentary majority, winning […]

VBIED attack on Russian-Turkish patrol triggers tit-for-tat retaliation

Syria Update 20 July 2020 Table Of Contents Download PDF Version VBIED attack on Russian-Turkish patrol triggers tit-for-tat retaliation In Depth Analysis On 14 July, a VBIED targeted a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 near Ariha, in the western Idleb countryside. Three Russian soldiers were wounded, as was an unspecified number of Turkish fighters. […]

A pyrrhic victory for aid actors: cross-border resolution extended, but weakened

Syria Update 13 July 2020 Table Of Contents Download PDF Version A pyrrhic victory for aid actors: cross-border resolution extended, but weakened In Depth Analysis Following days of uncertainty over competing draft resolutions and dueling vetoes in New York, the UN Security Council has re-authorized cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria under the UN umbrella, albeit […]

Cash crash: Syria’s economic collapse and the fragmentation of the state

Cash crash: Syria’s economic collapse and the fragmentation of the state 6 July 2020 The Syrian economy is currently witnessing unprecedented volatility. To date, analysts have predominantly focused on the impact this crash has had on Syrian households, which are now facing acute financial pressure as poverty rates climb toward 90 percent, food insecurity skyrockets, […]