civil war

Journal Article | June 7, 2013 01:30 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 01:30 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.

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.  

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 07:05 AM | Comments(3)

Is a major FSA operation underway?

Journal Article | November 23, 2012 04:30 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.

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 03:30 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 03:30 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 03:35 AM | Comments(1)

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

Journal Article | August 1, 2012 04:03 AM | Comments(5)

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

Blog post | July 26, 2012 04:01 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.

Pointer to an interview by frequent SWJ contributor Bob Tollast.

Journal Article | July 25, 2012 03:53 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 03:26 AM | Comments(1)

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

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

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

Blog post | June 21, 2012 06:05 PM | Comments(1)

A much bandied about event.

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

Journal Article | February 13, 2012 07:38 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 10:04 AM | Comments(3)

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

Journal Article | January 26, 2012 05:42 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.