Samer Abboud

Samer Abboud

Middle East

Who are Syria's opposition alliances?

The Astana process and implementation of de-escalation zones have imposed new realities on Syria's armed opposition.

Who are Syria's opposition alliances?

Syria's Civil War

Trump is no global humanitarian or friend to Syrians

Analysis: The more obvious reason for Trump's attack on a Syrian airbase was to silence dissent and whip up patriotism.

Trump is no global humanitarian or friend to Syrians

Syria's Civil War

What would safe zones mean for the Syrian conflict?

Safe zones represent a solution to the symptom and not the larger problem.

What would safe zones mean for the Syrian conflict?

Syria's Civil War

After Aleppo's fall: 'Nobody can claim victory'

A quick take on some of the key questions about what next for Syria's war.

After Aleppo's fall: 'Nobody can claim victory'

Battle for Aleppo

Syria's war: What went wrong in east Aleppo?

The collapse of the armed opposition in Aleppo has removed the major military threats to regime advancement.

Syria's war: What went wrong in east Aleppo?

Middle East

Syria's war: The hypocrisy of US-Russian cooperation

With no other military or political solution on offer, the Syrian conflict will nestle back into a disastrous stalemate.

Syria's war: The hypocrisy of US-Russian cooperation

Middle East

Analysis: Russia-US deal unlikely to end Syria's war

The agreement's narrow military focus ignores the key question of political transition.

Analysis: Russia-US deal unlikely to end Syria's war

Middle East

Russia's draft constitution: End of Syria's Baath era?

The makeshift constitution is the latest effort to model post-conflict Syria in the Russian vision.

Russia's draft constitution: End of Syria's Baath era?

Middle East

Syria Civil War: 'The sky is falling' in Aleppo

Aleppo has come to symbolise the devastation wrought on Syria and its population.

Syria Civil War: 'The sky is falling' in Aleppo

Syria's Civil War

The Syrian conflict does not end here

As we enter the sixth year of the conflict, we are further away from a sustainable solution than at any other point.

The Syrian conflict does not end here

Syria's Civil War

Syria War: What you need to know about the ceasefire

While chances that the ceasefire will hold are slim, it may lead to humanitarian access throughout the country.

Syria War: What you need to know about the ceasefire

Middle East

Syria's future shaped by Russian designs

Analysis: Russian intervention is about the worst options for Syria's future - either ISIL or the Syrian regime.

Syria's future shaped by Russian designs