civil war

Journal Article | June 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

In civil wars like Syria’s, strength is not necessarily a product of popularity; often strength actually produces popularity because compliance is more important than winning hearts and minds.

Journal Article | May 6, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(5)

Syria is already in crisis but the death or departure of President Bashar al-Asad is likely to intensify violence and destruction in the country, not quell it.

Journal Article | March 14, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

Regardless of whether Britain and France arm the rebels, Syria faces more challenges than Assad’s rule. An interview with Nathaniel Rosenblatt from Caerus Ascociates by Robert Tollast.  

Journal Article | January 8, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(0)

Lebanon's national rejection of returning to civil war coupled with the buoyancy provided by the Lebanese Armed Forces will keep it from sinking into the Syrian abyss.

Journal Article | November 29, 2012 08:05 AM | Comments(3)

Is a major FSA operation underway?

Journal Article | November 23, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(1)

The war in Syria is entering a critical new phase in which the regime’s lines of communication between its stronghold cities are being seriously threatened.

Journal Article | October 1, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(0)

The Syrian regime’s use of shelling and aircraft are now being complimented with wholesale executions in rebel-controlled neighborhoods.

Journal Article | September 25, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(5)

Without international intervention, Syria will continue to slip into deeper sectarianism, which is the worst case scenario for Iraq.

Journal Article | September 18, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(14)

Historians often turn wars and battles into linear sequences outlining casual chains for which the mind has a natural bias.

Journal Article | August 29, 2012 04:35 AM | Comments(1)

Lebanon has a political system, security force, and national memory to weather the current storm. 

Journal Article | August 1, 2012 05:03 AM | Comments(5)

Identity-based conflicts are purposefully incited and strategically prepared by means of targeted mass communication. 

Blog post | July 26, 2012 05:01 AM | Comments(1)

The Free Syrian Army has taken the fight into Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power, invalidating the regime’s narrative of total control.

Blog post | July 25, 2012 08:46 PM | Comments(0)

Pointer to an interview by frequent SWJ contributor Bob Tollast.

Journal Article | July 25, 2012 04:53 AM | Comments(161)

If we're to face a period of persistent global conflict, then officers are professionally obligated to consider the conduct of operations on U.S. soil.

Journal Article | July 10, 2012 04:26 AM | Comments(1)

A Maoist approach may have produced a more politically meaningful victory with less brutality in the First Congo Civil War.

Journal Article | July 3, 2012 08:05 AM | Comments(0)

Without a more unified and coercive strategy from the international community, Assad will likely remain in power for the immediate future. 

Journal Article | June 25, 2012 06:54 AM | Comments(0)

An American who spent 16 months in Damascus argues against inserting ourselves in a confusing, conflictual morass.

Blog post | June 21, 2012 07:05 PM | Comments(1)

A much bandied about event.

Blog post | March 3, 2012 06:40 PM | Comments(0)

Tyler Hicks' poignant "Bearing Witness in Syria" has drawn attention for a single sentence.

Journal Article | February 13, 2012 08:38 PM | Comments(3)

Lionel Beehner explores the paradox behind terming a conflict a civil war, with an eye to events in Syria.

Journal Article | February 9, 2012 11:04 AM | Comments(3)

Adam Ahmad evaluates the prospect of Bashir al-Assad's survival in Syria.

Journal Article | January 26, 2012 06:42 PM | Comments(5)

Mike Few interviews civil war historian Mark Grimsley, research affiliate at The Ohio State University and author of several books, about reconstruction and insurgency.