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Gülru Gezer

Gülru Gezer

   25 August 2022
After all the diplomacy, including several meetings and telephone conversations, does Türkiye finally have the support of the actors on the ground to move forward with its operation in Northern Syria? It would be premature to say so. But, as several Turkish officials have reiterated, Türkiye does not require approval of any sort...
RONAN TYNAN

RONAN TYNAN

   20 August 2022
This scandal is symptomatic of how no effort has been made yet to hold the Assad regime and its allies Russia and Iran accountable for these atrocities, some of the worst committed since the Second World War. The cost of that indifference is being paid every day by civilians in Ukraine who are being slaughtered and terrorized by Putin’s commanders, who in their turn are using the war there to enhance their skills in terrorist style warfare against civilians in Syria. Western countries are emboldening Assad by not making him accountable for mass slaughter. If he is not being pursued for his war crimes why should he be worried about producing and trading in Captagon on an industrial scale?
Gülru Gezer

Gülru Gezer

   23 July 2022
With no agreement reached the mandate of the mechanism expired as of July 10. A similar situation occurred two years ago, and the UNSC worked to find a solution. This time again a settlement was reached. However, the US, the UK and France abstained. Contrary to the previous Resolutions, the new one extends the mandate only for a six months period. Something most UNSC members and NGOs were against because of difficulties that might arise from the planning and the timely delivery of aid, as well as the challenges faced in finding an alternative way of sending aid in such a short period...
Haian Dukhan

Haian Dukhan

   18 July 2022
As part of its campaign to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. maintains a minor military presence in north-east Syria. This presence is very small in terms of the number of soldiers deployed and the size of the military bases that exist in the area. The overt purpose behind this deployment, according to US officials, was to counter ISIS and make sure that Syrian territories would not be a safe haven for terrorists
Shamim Chowdhury

Shamim Chowdhury

   12 July 2022
What I witnessed in the YPG camp is a matter of record. That is why I believe that rather than label Turkiye as the spanner in the works on the issue of NATO expansion, it is important to at least try to understand its motives and maybe start addressing them. Only then can the alliance move towards a productive future relationship that will ensure the security of Europe, Turkiye and perhaps even further afield. 
Gülru Gezer

Gülru Gezer

   05 July 2022
According to the most recent data collected by the UNHCR, European countries host over 1 million of the 6.6 million Syrian asylum-seekers and refugees. “Burden” sharing is not equal within Europe. Germany and Sweden host most of the asylum-seekers and refugees, 59% and 11 % consecutively.  France, the Netherlands, Austria and Greece host between 2 to 5% of Syrian refugees in Europe. For the other European countries, the rate is below 2%...
Mousab Alhamadee

Mousab Alhamadee

   20 June 2022
Most of the brave leaders of the Syrian revolution who fought against the regime are isolated and deserted. Those who remained in Syria are impoverished, while others who defected from the regime and fled to Europe as refugees are keeping their heads down for fear of the possibility of being tried as war criminals.
Gülru Gezer

Gülru Gezer

   20 June 2022
The war in Syria has been going on for over a decade. Unfortunately, it is become more and more difficult to find a comprehensive political solution.
RONAN TYNAN

RONAN TYNAN

   30 May 2022
Syria in other words uniquely illustrates the rise of impunity to the extent one is forced to ask does international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and the laws of war have any real meaning anymore?
Mousab Alhamadee

Mousab Alhamadee

   25 May 2022
The dramatic story of Imam Ayashi and his role as an informant, forces us to contemplate the extent of foreign infiltration of two other powerful jihadi groups that have emerged during the Syrian revolution