Can Syria Change? (Spring 2009)

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Why Syrian-Israeli Peace Deals Fail

Matthew RJ Brodsky Spring 2009
Several myths lie at the core of the arguments in favor of resuming the Syrian-Israeli peace process. The first is that the two parties...

The Syria-Iran Alliance

Tony Badran Spring 2009
In recent years, a number of erroneous notions have been re-injected into the policy discourse on the thirty-year old alliance between Syria and Iran....

The Attack on Syria’s al-Kibar Nuclear Facility

Israel's September 6, 2007, attack on Syria's al-Kibar nuclear facility surprised the world—Syria most of all. The operation, executed by the Israeli Air Force...

Syria’s Role in the Iraq Insurgency

Raymond Tanter and Stephen Kersting Spring 2009
On October 26, 2008, U.S. Special Forces launched a cross-border helicopter raid into the eastern Syrian town of Sukkariya. During the ensuing assault, the...

Syria Then and Now

Speaker Newt Gingrich Spring 2009
iF: What was your experience with Syria when you were House Speaker? Were you supportive of Clinton administration policy? Could it have gone further...

Syria’s Strategy in Lebanon

Walid Phares Spring 2009
Since the advent of Hafez al-Assad's dictatorship in Damascus in 1971, Syria's role in the region, and particularly in Lebanon, has been described in...

From Hama to Hamas: Syria’s Islamist Policies

Farid Ghadry Spring 2009
Understanding the logic of Syria's policies can be a daunting task. Syria, under the Assad regime, has fostered a strategy that includes persecution of...

Syria and the Shebaa Farms Dispute

Daniel Mandel Spring 2009
The Syrian-Israeli 1967 ceasefire line has been, with few exceptions, quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. While Damascus bitterly repudiates Israel's conquest of...

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