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Book: Changing the Security Sector in Syria

23/10/17
Syria Omran Center
This book is a result of a 10-month long project that included a series of papers, consultations, and workshop on security sector reform. The objective of this book is to clearly identify the relevant cognitive, political, social, and technical conditions…

Battle of Deir ez-Zor & Raqqah September & October 2017

18/10/17
Syria, Terrorism and Security Omran Center
October 9, Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly continued their advance in the eastern Deir-Ez-Zor governorate, capturing Mweileh town in Sur subdistrict, located north of Sur city. October 10, Syrian Regime offensive is largely dependent on Russian aerial coverage; the Russian Foreign Ministry announced…

Mapping the Battle Against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

05/10/17
Middle East, Syria, İran Nawar Sh. Oliver
In recent weeks, the so-called Islamic State has suffered a string of defeats in eastern Syria. It has lost swaths of territory in Deir Ezzor city to advancing pro-Syrian government forces and has been driven from villages and oil fields…

The Role of Jihadi Movements in Syrian Local Governance

14/07/17
Local councils, Syria, Terrorism and Security Ayman Al Dassouky
Executive Summary Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), exemplifies how international extremist jihadi organizations, such as Al Qaeda, have evolved in Syria. Informed by the experiences of Al Qaeda and other jihadi groups in Iraq, HTS has developed a governance strategy that…

Al-Qaeda Affiliate and Ahrar al-Sham Compete for Control in Idlib

03/07/17
Russia, Syria, Terrorism and Security, Turkey, İran Ibrahim al-Assil, The Middle East Institute
"This special report was published byMiddle East Institute , in collaboration with Omran for Strategic Studies, andOPC- Orient Policy Center" Idlib is currently the site of increasing competition between the two most dominant armed coalitions, the al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham…
Sunday October 22
Omran Center for Strategic Studies organized a workshop in partnership with and hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). The workshop discussed international cooperation prospects on institutional reforms…
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