Commentary

Assad’s Illusion of Amnesty

The amnesty decree passed by Bashar al-Assad on April 30, 2022, was hailed as unprecedented in terms of its comprehensiveness and robustness, and was widely perceived as proof that the Syrian regime was laying the foundation for a post-conflict phase. Numbers on the ground, however, show that this is far from being the case, and the situation in Syria remains bleak and arrests and detentions continue outside any legal or humanitarian principles.

The Assad Regime’s Post-Conflict Narrative in the International Arena

During the sixth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria, which is currently taking place, the EU needs to address the new narrative promoted by the Syrian regime that the country is now entering a post-conflict phase. A comprehensive and clear response to this narrative will set the stage for the future policies of the EU toward Syria in relation to political normalization, refugees’ return, and the accountability and justice agenda.

From Aleppo to Mariupol: Russian Aggressions, New Solidarity

As the Russian-led war in Ukraine enters its third month, the war in Syria and Russia’s support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime through the brutal repression of Syrian civilians is increasingly referenced in relation to Russian aggression in Ukraine. In making sense of these references, this article will examine comparable strategic analyses and the shared struggle of both peoples.

Explainers

The Prosecution of a Syrian Regime Doctor in Germany:...

Shedding light on the Syrian regime’s systematic and widespread policy of torture, the Alaa M. case will address new aspects of the regime’s violations, focusing on the violations of doctors and medical workers within the state-sponsored torture system.

Putting Families’ Needs at the Center: A Humanitarian Approach...

Enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention have become such a widespread situation for hundreds of thousands of Syrian families that, as recalled by the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, “nearly all Syrians have been victims, one way or another.” 

Kurdish-Kurdish Negotiations in Syria

The Kurdish political scene in Syria is led by two opposing parties, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC). Recently, both sides have taken steps to reconcile through direct negotiations.

Reports & Briefs

TIMEP Brief: The Return of Refugees

Should governments and international institutions prematurely encourage returns, refugees may feel pressured or forced to return to an environment that they do not have sufficient information about or that may end up being unsafe, unstable, or even life-threatening for them—raising serious moral and international legal considerations.

TIMEP Brief: Conscription Law

By establishing compulsory military service and creating an expansive pool from which to draw reservists, Syria’s Conscription Law makes military service a central element of the relationship between the Syrian state and the civilian population.

TIMEP Monthly Briefs: May 2019

This monthly compilation of TIMEP briefs offers succinct, policy-relevant information on regional issues, laws, and policies, highlighting the context in which developments occur, their trajectories, and implications.