In Depth Research

Kneel and Starve: Under the Watchful Eye of the Secret Police, Syrians Go Hungry

February 09, 2021 | New Lines Institute

Throughout the 10 years of crisis in Syria, the Assad regime enjoyed the support, or at least the acquiescence, of segments of society that prioritized stability and a steady supply of services above all else. But the country now is in the midst of an economic collapse, largely stemming from years of war and the economic meltdown next door in Lebanon, Continue Reading

The Syrian Mercenaries Fighting Foreign Wars for Russia and Turkey

October 16, 2020 | nybooks

They sent us directly to the front lines. The situation is terrible. Terrible. There is fighting every day. We are charged with storming. There is no rest. There are many Continue Reading

Syria’s Economic Meltdown

June 01, 2020 | cgpolicy

The Syrian economy is in a meltdown, with unprecedentedly rapid depreciation of the Syrian currency and a sharp rise in food prices, leading to widespread hunger Continue Reading

Life after the Caliphate: Human Security Challenges in Syria and Iraq

June 01, 2020 |

In their study, Benedetta Berti and Elizabeth Tsurkov urge that societies living in these areas still face major social, economic, security and especially political challenges. The authors Continue Reading

Ravaged by war, Syria’s health care system is utterly unprepared for a pandemic

April 23, 2020 | Middle East Institute

In their study, Benedetta Berti and Elizabeth Tsurkov urge that societies living in these areas still face major social, economic, security and especially political challenges. The authors Continue Reading

“People can’t even afford to buy bulgur”: Discontent is on the rise as Syria’s economic crisis worsens

February 28, 2020 | Middle East Institute

Amin stepped into the shower in his home in a suburb of Damascus after putting wood logs in the heater to warm the water to bathe. The bathroom was lit with a lightbulb connected to a battery. As he undressed, he saw the black marks still visible on his body. Ten months Continue Reading

An Unnerving Fate for the Families of Syria’s Northeast

January 31, 2020 | carnegieendowment

Tens of thousands of Syrian families affiliated with members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State pose a daunting challenge for Syria’s northeast. For a little over two years, the Syrian Democratic Continue Reading

Who Are Turkey’s Proxy Fighters in Syria?

November 27, 2019 | carnegieendowment

A small Turkish flag was standing on the desk of the offices of the Turkish-backed faction in a residential area of Şanlıurfa, in southern Turkey. The men in the room, most of them veteran fighters from eastern Syria, were expecting me and did their best to locate a Syrian revolutionary flag in time Continue Reading

Between Regime and Rebels: A Survey of Syria’s Alawi Sect

July 22, 2019 | nybooks

There is a small percentage of Alawis who benefited from the war, but the vast majority are poor and hungry,” Loubna,* a fifty-nine-year-old teacher, told me. “The Alawi Continue Reading

Human Security and Humanitarian Trends in Gaza: Looking at the Past Decade

2017 | nybooks

While commonly thought of as a means by Israel to combat legitimate security threats, the closure of Gaza was in fact also implemented as a means of imposing pressure on the civilian population and the de facto ruler of Gaza – Hamas. While some changes were made on access to the Continue Reading

Israel’s Policies toward Asylum-Seekers: 2002-2014

May 03, 2015 | Istituto Affair Internazionali

This article analyses Israel’s policies toward Sudanese and Eritrean asylum-seekers from 2002 to 2014, a period during which 60,000 entered the country on account of its lax border with Egypt. After introducing Israel’s unique immigration regime the article focuses on Israel’s asylum system, emphasizing the low recognition rates and its chaotic “patch work,” “on the move” character. The second part Continue Reading

“Cancer in Our Body”: On Racial Incitement, Discrimination and Hate Crimes against African Asylum-Seekers in Israel, January-June 2012

July 13, 2012 | Hotline

3Executive SummaryThis report coverssix months of ceaseless incitement against African asylum seekers, which has been promulgatedby Knesset members, various government officials and even thePrime Minister. The incendiary rhetoric has brought on a major wave Continue Reading