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In the News

Jul 5, 2023

Rich Outzen joins Israeli TV i24 to discuss Syria-Russian exercises

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy


Jun 28, 2023

The Wagner rebellion is over—for now. But how will the events reverberate in the Middle East and North Africa?

By Mark N. Katz

The June 23-24 rebellion led by Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin—aimed, he claimed, at replacing the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov (not Russian President Vladimir Putin)—has ended. However, reverberations from it are likely to continue being felt beyond Russia, such as in the Middle East and North […]

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Jun 22, 2023

Prospects for US-Turkish convergence on Syria

By Rich Outzen

Syria has long been a point of deep contention in US-Turkish relations. Is there a potential for change?

Conflict NATO

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Jun 22, 2023

Prospects for an improved US-Turkish strategic relationship

By Lt. Gen. (ret.) Nihat Kökmen

US approval of the sale of F-16s, aircraft modernization kits, and return of Turkey to the F-35 program are key to improving ties.

Defense Policy Defense Technologies


Jun 20, 2023

‘Any nationality just not Syrian’: Refugee deportations surge in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey

By Arwa Damon

While Syria’s neighboring countries have long been struggling to host their Syrian refugee populations, with many, like Lebanon, being in a complete crisis of their own, the sheer lack of care provided to refugees is inhumane.

Civil Society Human Rights

Blog Post

Jun 13, 2023

State of the Order: Assessing May 2023

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

China Economy & Business


Jun 12, 2023

I work in Syrian civil society. There were gaps in our performance after the February 6 earthquake.

By Kenda Hawasli

It is clear that humanitarian response planning in Syria requires a full review process that reconsiders existing approaches and involves local partners while listening to their experiences.

Civil Society Crisis Management


Jun 9, 2023

Assad is appointing new military officials to escape sanctions on Syria

By Muhsen AlMustafa

Of the thirty Syrian army and security officers in new leadership positions, only two are blacklisted. This indicates a significant gap.

Economic Sanctions Middle East

Fast Thinking

May 28, 2023

What the world should expect from Erdogan now

By Atlantic Council

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan triumphed in his re-election bid on Sunday. Our experts break down what to expect next on the war in Ukraine, NATO enlargement, Syria, and more.

Conflict Elections

New Atlanticist

May 25, 2023

How to hold the Assad regime accountable, even as countries normalize relations with Syria

By Elise Baker

There remains a slate of accountability tools for Syria, and certain avenues for seeking accountability may even be expanding with normalization.

Corruption Human Rights