Small Wars Journal

Syria Civil War

After Nine Years, Syria’s Conflict Has Only Become More Complicated SWJED Fri, 03/13/2020 - 8:22am
The engagement of external actors has protracted the conflict and Syrians civilians continue to bear the brunt. USIP’s Mona Yacoubian discusses the dreadful toll on the Syrian population and what the battle for Idlib means for the trajectory of the conflict.
All the King’s Men: Authoritarianism, Loyalty and the Syrian Collapse SWJED Sun, 02/09/2020 - 7:27am
While the true social and economic origins of the Syrian civil war stretch back decades, the longstanding culture of government corruption and purchased loyalties hastened the final spiral toward war. Like in pre-war Iraq under Saddam Hussein, loyalty and favor had been traded like currency among the upper echelons of Syrian society since the early days of Hafez al-Assad’s rule.
Amid Humanitarian Crisis, Syrian Regime Intensifies Idlib Offensive SWJED Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:28am
Of the three million people in Idlib province, U.N. sources estimate more than one million have been displaced—with approximately 586,000 displaced since December 1, and the number is rising rapidly. With Turkey and other nations closing their borders, and harsh winter conditions in the region, what is the humanitarian situation in Idlib?