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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…

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…

De-escalation Zones: A Cloak to Refocus on the East

13/06/17
Middle East, Russia, Syria, Turkey, İran Omran Center
Executive Summary The de-escalation zones from the latest Astana meeting on Syria aimed to freeze the conflict on the western fronts in order to deploy the regime and its allies’ forces to prevent a total loss of the eastern territories…

ISIS and the Strategic Vacuum- The Dilemma of Role Distribution- The Raqqa Model

21/05/17
Middle East, Syria, Terrorism and Security Nawar Sh. Oliver, Sasha El Alu
Executive Summary The Raqqa operation closely mirrors the Mosul operation both politically and militarily. Politically, it was launched amid disagreements and a lack of clarity about which local and international forces would participate and who would govern the city post…

The Security Situation in Syria and Ways to Manage It

28/01/17
Middle East, Syria Maen Talaa
Executive Summary This paper evaluates and scrutinizes the various security apparatuses in Syria, starting with areas under the political control of the regime, then delving into those held by the opposition, and finally looking into the administratively autonomous regions. Elucidating…
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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