Will the Astana Group fail Syria’s people?

For the past three weeks, the Syrian Army, supported by Russian air force, has been increasingly and intensively shelling cities and towns on or near the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M5), especially Ma’arat an-Numman and Khan Sheikhoun towns and surroundings, in what constitutes the most serious escalation in Idlib since the agreement reached by Moscow and Ankara... Continue Reading →

Quelles perspectives pour l’humanitaire en Irak post-Etat islamique ?

Certaines zones du pays, qui n’a pas totalement réduit à néant l’EI, sont aujourd’hui délaissées par l’aide internationale. La version francaise de mon article sur l'Etat Islamique en Iraq et l'impact pour les organisations humanitaire, publie par lemonde-arabe.fr ici: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/25/02/2019/perspectives-humanitaire-irak-post-etat-islamique/ Le 6 février dernier, le président américain, Donald Trump, s’est adressé aux représentants de la... Continue Reading →

Yemen – How will the UN save the Hodeidah agreement

This article has been published in French on the website lemonde-arabe.fr: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/06/02/2019/yemen-comment-lonu-sauvera-t-elle-laccord-dhodeida/ January 30th, Martin Griffiths is wrapping up his third trip of the month to Yemen and the United Nations Special Envoy is urging the country's warring sides again to withdraw their troops from the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of... Continue Reading →

What’s Next in the Middle East in 2019

• ISIS, which is loosing its last stronghold in Syria, probably realizes that controlling new territory is not sustainable in the short term. ISIS will seek to exploit Sunni grievances, societal instability, and stretched security forces to regain territory in Iraq and Syria in the long term. At some point, ISIS will likely resume external... Continue Reading →

Towards Syrian Reunification in 2019?

In a Tweet posted on December 19, 2018, after a two-hour meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Donald Trump announced, the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, creating renewed media attention and diplomatic reactions around the topic of Syria. Reactions and comments since have been numerous, as have the changes in speech and... Continue Reading →

Operation Northern Shield, a potential regional escalation?

This post is the english version of an article published in French late December on the following website: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/21/12/2018/loperation-bouclier-du-nord-ou-une-potentielle-escalade-regionale/ On December 4th Israel Defense Forces (IDF)  announced the launch of "Operation Northern Shield", to expose, prevent and destroy underground tunnels dug by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon into Israeli territory. The operation was launched with the... Continue Reading →

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