Syrian opposition signals willingness to stand in elections. What does it mean?

Syria Update 30 November 2020 Download PDF Version Syrian opposition signals willingness to stand in elections. What does it mean? In Depth Analysis In a since-halted move that has outraged the entire spectrum of the Syrian opposition, on 19 November, the National Coalition of Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (SNC) announced the formation of a […]

Changes to military service reflect Damascus’s unrealistic aims, growing socio-economic divide

Syria Update 24 November 2020 Download PDF Version Changes to military service reflect Damascus’s unrealistic aims, growing socio-economic divide In Depth Analysis On 18 November, the Government of Syria Army Command issued two administrative decrees that effectively terminate military service for certain classes of reservists, effective 1 February 2021. The orders apply to: Syrian Arab […]

What Biden’s win means for the Syria response

Syria Update 16 November 2020 Download PDF Version What Biden’s win means for the Syria response In Depth Analysis Having failed to convince American voters that he had lived up to his promise to make America great again, U.S. President Donald Trump was repudiated by voters in the 3 November presidential election. Barring unforeseen intervention […]

Hungry for revenues, and Assad Blames the Businessmen

Syria Update 9 November 2020 Download PDF Version Hungry for revenues, and Assad Blames the Businessmen In Depth Analysis Over the past week, the Syrian parliament has continued to discuss the government proposed budget for 2021, outlining new revenue streams and limits on spending. The Government of Syria also made a number of policy changes […]

Russia pushes dead-end returns conference

Syria Update 2 November 2020 Download PDF Version Russia pushes dead-end returns conference In Depth Analysis On 29 October, a Russian delegation headed by special envoy Alexander Lavrentiev visited Damascus to further Moscow’s plans for a two-day international conference on refugee returns, to be held in Damascus on 11-12 November. The visit follows reports that […]