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Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Russian Soldiers in Damascus: Politics Is Not Everything

Their presence is renowned but rarely witnessed. You hear a lot about their role in the news and from friends who witnessed the tragedies they have caused in the country. Yet regardless of where you stand politically, the mixed feelings they evoke in you as a civilian in Syria are still ambiguous: Russian soldiers.

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Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Can Russian Presence Be Least of Evils in Opposition Stronghold?

Perspectives on the Russian soldiers in Al-Waer neighborhood, west of Homs, vary between welcoming them on the one hand, judging by their good treatment of residents compared to the regime’s soldiers and allied Shiite militants, and the absolute rejection of their presence on the other.

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Syrian Refugees in Russia Have to Fight for Their Rights

Syrian Refugees in Russia Have to Fight for Their Rights

Syrian citizens are fleeing from their war-torn homeland, and some of them have chosen Russia as their country of asylum. But life for them here is also a struggle.

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Russian Presence Not Viewed as Occupation on Syrian Coast

Russian Presence Not Viewed as Occupation on Syrian Coast

Most Syrian residents do not use the word “occupation” to describe the Russian presence in their homeland, and some traders even benefit economically from it.

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To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

To the Victors, the Ruins: the Challenges of Russia’s Reconstruction in Syria

Recently-uncovered documents have revealed that Russian firms have made major strides in securing economic boons for the immediate postwar period. Despite this, the Kremlin continues to face profound issues in projecting its influence across regime-held Syria, a problem that demands ever-growing resources even as major combat in the country declines.

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Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

It is precisely indifference to a distant, foreign and incredibly complex conflict that is key here.

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Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

It is well known by now that those sorts of [external] legitimacies function for nothing further than oppressing local voices and crushing and preventing politics, to place themselves as the guardian of the local “under-developed” populations that protects them from each other. As well as the protector of the “external source of legitimacy” from the worrying turbulences of local conflicts. That is precisely what had been done under the Asads and what goes on to be repeated by the likes of al-Baghdadi and Saleh Muslim, and a few others who have not emerged with a comprehensive project yet.

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Federalism might be an Option, but Inclusiveness is a Must

Federalism might be an Option, but Inclusiveness is a Must

1. Introduction On March 17, 2016, the “Federal Democratic System of Rojava – Northern Syria” was established officially …

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Debate: The New Syria between Flags and Languages

Debate: The New Syria between Flags and Languages

In the context of the Kurdish move toward federalism discussed nowadays, we must note that Syria today is …

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Symptoms of Flawed Pluralism: the Debate on Federalism

Symptoms of Flawed Pluralism: the Debate on Federalism

The following is an attempt to understand one of the paradoxes of Syrian political discourse: the acceptance of …

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