Bashar al-Assad

The Wandering Alawite

The Wandering Alawite

Alawites have always been painfully aware of the fragility of sectarian coexistence. Many of us preferred one dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to a Syria broken into multiple sectarian dictatorships. So, we stuck by the regime.

“Lebanon Will Be Last”

“Lebanon Will Be Last”

The obstacles are daunting, but no law of nature dictates that Lebanon must remain last in line to make an honorable and complete peace with its neighbor to the south, one that secures the interests of the “Precarious Republic” and its citizens.

How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia’s Role In It

How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia’s Role In It

Attempts to undermine the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' investigation of the 2018 Douma chemical weapon attack involved Russian diplomats, Russian state media, WikiLeaks, and Julian Assange’s personal lawyer.

Michael Weiss,
Jett Goldsmith
Assad: The Shebaa Farms Are Syrian, Whatever Hezbollah Claims

Assad: The Shebaa Farms Are Syrian, Whatever Hezbollah Claims

What shocked me as I listened to al-Assad was his lack of hesitation in telling an American diplomat point-blank that the Shebaa Farms — the entire basis for Hezbollah’s claimed status as the “Lebanese Resistance” — was not Lebanese; it was Syrian.

Frederic C. Hof
Syria’s House of Poetry

Syria’s House of Poetry

Roula Roukbi is among the few Damascus socialites who created an alternative space for art, culture, and some politics in the city. She excelled at living as if Syria was a free country, and in many respects, her hotel came to embody a microcosm of what freedom might one day look like.

Lina Sinjab
How Israel Weighed Its Syria Policy, Before and After the Uprising

How Israel Weighed Its Syria Policy, Before and After the Uprising

The outbreak of the Syrian uprising caught Israel by surprise. Here a former negotiator considers how close Syria and Israel got to a peace deal before the revolution – and how, as the civil war unfolded, Israel’s thinking evolved on how to respond to the war next door.

Itamar Rabinovich
Seven Minutes that Can Save a Syrian School from a Bomb

Seven Minutes that Can Save a Syrian School from a Bomb

The regime’s barbarity was known to us, but it had now crossed President Barack Obama’s red line and U.S. retaliation seemed imminent following the chemical attacks of 2013. What followed, however, was silence and inaction. And the consequences were catastrophic. I know because I was there to witness it.

Rola Hallam