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The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

“Bilal” – by Stephen Boeshaar

Recapitalising the Syrian Banking System: Costs and Challenges

The Effect of the Conflict on Syrian Banking and Economy

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Syrian Pound at 90 per Dollar as Government Intervenes

The Import Suspension Decision Was Indeed “Temporary” – (By Ehsani)

Syria Faces A New Economic Reality – By Ehsani

More Economic Pressure. Assad Will be Ousted “Sooner or Later”? Sarkozy asks why the Region’s Christians Don’t Emigrate? The Six Killer Apps (By Ehsani)

Suspending New Car Imports into Syria (By Ehsani)

Ehsani on Syria Comment over the Years

Economic News Roundup (26 July 2011)

Economic News and More (13 July 2011)

“Syria’s Leadership and Opposition Need an Economic Policy,” by Ehsani

“The squeeze on Assad,” by the Economist

Syria’s Business Elite – Will it Defect?

Syria Turns to Iraq to Preempt Damaging European Heavy Crude Boycott

Stalemate Prevails as Gov and Opposition Look for New Strategies; Pressure on the SYP

What is new on the Economy (24 June 2011): Oil Sanctions

Rami Makhlouf: Is He Being Sacrificed? Is the Syrian Economy the Achilles Heel of the Assad Regime? WINEP Pushes for Sanctions on Syrian Oil

Damascenes Rally for the Government Even as Economy Enters Crisis Mode and Touble in the North Expands

EU Lays Off Syrians and Stops all Aid; Shell Pressured to Leave

Syria’s Economic Challanges: How Long Can the Government Pay the Growing Costs of the Uprising?

Five Books on Syria – Recommended by Nikolas van Dam

News Round Up (3 May 2011) Syrian Banks Asked to Pay for Stable Syrian Pound

Damned if We Do and Damned if We Don’t

Fuel Subsidies to be Cut April 1? Syria Eyes Western Intervention in Libya with Caution. Denies Giving Military Aid to Qaddafi

News Round UP (7 march 2011)

News Round Up (27 February 2011)

Economic Round Up (Febrary 2011)

George Saghir Responds to Samir Aita

“What Does the Future Hold for Syrian Economists?” By Samir Aita

“What Does the Future Hold for Syria?” By George Saghir

Will “Day of Rage” Rock Syria?

“Syrian Corruption” by Lina Sinjab; Tourism and Preserving Syrian Heritage; Stateless Kurds

George Saghir and Bassel Hamwi Launch Independent Economic Index to Assess Syrian Economy

Syria first bond issue – A first round win for the Ministry of Finance

China’s Rise Undermines Power of Sanctions as US Diplomatic Tool

Assad Grants State Employees a 50% Bonus as Job Creation Lags

What is Behind the Uproar in Syria’s Labor Relations? The Reform Process and Jobs?

More WikiLeaks – Kerry: “Israel should return Golan”

Water: “Syria Should abandon its Policy of Food Self-Sufficiency,” Elhadj and Al-Khouli

The Average Arab Has Grown Poorer Since 1980; Oxford Analytica and EIU Reports (24 Oct. 2010)

“The Sin in Syria is Low Wages,” by Ehsani

Drought, Water Management, and the Kurdish Question

Syria Faces Economic Hurdles

Can Syria Attract $55 Billion in Foreign Investment in 5 years?

Memorizing is Out in Syrian Schools? Poetry is In.

News Round Up (13 Sept 2010)

“Why Does Syria Do So Badly in World Economic Rankings,” by Ehsani

Drought Hits East for Forth Year Causing More Distress

News Round Up (1 Sept. 2010)

Will Obama Abandon the Bush Policy of Punishing Mid East Countries that Oppose Israeli Expansion?

News Round Up (29 August 2010)

News Round Up (22 July 2010)

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools

News Round Up (14 July 2010)

Real GDP Growth 5.9%? Turkey and Change in the Region; Fadlallah Dies

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

US-Syrian Diplomatic War; US Tech Firms to Syria; Trade Union w. Turkey

Who is Changing the Regional Balance of Power?

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Renewed talks between Israel and Syria unlikely

Kerry Creates Good Will in Damascus

Syrian Economy; Israel – US Clash

Devastation in the North East; Left Laments Israel; Right Laments Syria

News Round Up (6 March 2010)

Assad Reaches Out to Business, Turkey, France and the US

Will Engaging Syria deal a “Blow to Iran”? Not Likely.

US Economic Sanctions on Syria Have Failed

Obama Nominates Ambassador to Syria as Businessmen Rush in

News Round Up (15 February 2010)

Economy Grows at 4%ish; Saudi Handshaking; Israeli-Syria Verbal Jousting

Syrian Growth Figures; More Scary Drought Figures from the East

Economics, NGOs and More

“The US Censors Syrian Internet,” By Idaf

NGO’s in Syria; Mitchell Should Resign; Egypt and Syria Feud; Assad to Libya

Al-Waleed Bin Talal: “Assad… we are getting him back in the fold”

Mitchell on the March, Muslim Brothers in Egypt, Makhlouf Man of 2009

News Round up (20 January 2010)

American Sanctions on Syria: Godsend to Hardliners, Hell for Liberalizers – By Ehsani

Economic Policy and Amer Lutfi as Head of State Planning Commission

“Has President Assad Stepped Up Economic Reform?” by Ehsani

Deborah Amos on the Water and Food Crisis

Washington Reaffirms Sanctions on Syria as Gift to Israel

Assessing Hariri’s visit to Lebanon and Syria’s Rise

Is Syria to Blame for the Bombings in Iraq?

Syria and Iraq and Lebanon and ….

France Champions Syria While US Says Differences with Damascus are “Profound”

Azmeh and Zubaida Join the Neolibralism Debate.

Omar Dahi and Ehsani Debate “Neoliberalism” and Economic Reform

Netanyahu Talks Peace for the Press; Syrian Subsidies

News Round Up (6 November 2009)

It’s the Economy Stupid – Ehsani Comments

Turkey’s “Zero Problem with Neighbors” Reaches Iran: New Currency Deal Eliminates Dollar

The Turkey-Syria-Iran Alliance Heats Up; The Economy, Tepid

Syria’s Four Seas strategy, by Yoav Stern

Will Syria Give up the Golan as it Gave up Alexandretta?

Muhammad Atta in Aleppo; Muslim Brothers; Oil

Turkey Says More Water For Iraq, Syria Is Unlikely

The Syrian Public Sector, Corruption, Taxation, and Government Services” by Ehsani

Syria Seeks to Separate US Relationship from Arab-Israeli Conflict

News Round Up (Mon Aug. 10, 2009)

Sanctions on Hafiz Makhluf and Muhammad Nasif Khayr Bek Extended

Economic News (16 July 2009)

News Round Up (1 July 2009)

“Syrian Population Growth and Unemployment” by Ehsani

“Hillary is Wrong About Settlements,” Elliott Abrams & Saudi Arabia

Syrian Reformers Increasingly Agree that EU-Syrian Association Agreement Should be Signed

News Round Up (June 17, 2009)

News Round Up (June 2, 2009)

Syria’s New Tax Code

Ire over US Sanctions Causes Policy Review in Damascus

Syria Eats Sanctions but Looks to Mitchell Visit for Understanding

What is Feltman Doing in Damascus?

Hariri Tribunal Releases Lebanese Generals for lack of Evidence

Lieberman, the perfect foil – Lebanon

Hizbullah and Elections

News Round Up (12 April 2009)

News Round Up (8 April 2009)

Stocks Prices are Up – Peace is Down

News Round Up (April 1, 2009)

Syria’s Bourse – The Launch & Recommendations for Enhanced Liquidity

“Middle East Peace and the U.S.-Saudi Relationship:,” by Lippmann

Syria Dresses Up

Asad, “An ambassador is important… There is nothing real yet.”

Ambassadors, Kerry, Levey, Sanctions, and Peace

Is Syria Putting a Price Tag on a US Brokered Peace with Israel?

Balancing “Change” and “Prudence” will be an arduous process for President Obama

New Round Up (31 Jan 2009)

Water and Economics in Syria

Peace Talks and the Economy

Economy: Syria Avoids Recession

News Round UP (6 December 2008)

IMF Report on Syria: Non- oil exports increased 23.5 percent

“Start With Syria” by Aaron David Miller

Major Oil Strike in Latakia?

News Round Up (17 Oct. 2008)

Has Assad’s Social Base Narrowed or Expanded?

Syria’s Joint Bank Venture: Syrian Embassy to Open in Lebanon

US to Lift Sanctions on Syria? More on Syrian Military North of Lebanon

Why Syria Doesn’t Want War with Israel

“Syria Talks Spur Speculation” by Jim Lobe & More…

Syria Comment Returns + News Roundup

News Round Up (12 Sept. 2008)

News Round UP (9 Sept. 2008)

Economic News About Syria (6 Sept 2008)

Competing with the Syrian government itself and wining hands down

Biden on Syria

IDAF’s Observations on his Month-long Trip Around Syria

Ehsani’s Observations Following a Two Week Visit to Aleppo

News Round Up (18 Aug. 2008)

News Round Up (12 Aug. 2008)

Aref Dalileh released

Andrew Tabler: “The U.S. Can Help Tackle Syrian Corruption”

News Round Up (27 July 2008)

“Some Remarks on Syria,” by Observer

Mead takes on Walt & Mearsheimer on Why the US is pro-Israel

The Prisoner Swap Controversy

Lebanon Gets a Government

As Paris Boosts Assad, US Adds Sanctions (10 July 2008)

Assad: “Bush Cannot Make Peace;” Economist on Syria’s Economic Outlook

Prison Riot, Golan, Syria Heads East

Interpol says Syria “very cooperative” on Terrorism: US Oil Majors Back in Iraq

Syria Pegs Hopes on India and Econ. Liberalization

News Round Up (10 June 2008)

Economic and Political Isolation of Syria Crumbling Fast

Q & A with President Assad in Dubai

News (4 June 2008)

News Round Up (2 June 2008)

“An Economic Plan for Syria’s Future,” by Ehsani

“The Syrian Economy,” by Ibrahim Hamidi

More Firms Find Ways Around Sanctions on Syria and Iran

As Commodity Prices Soar, the Income Gap Rips at Society’s Middle

U.S. pressures Turkcell to abandon Syria deal & other Economic News

News Round Up (18 April 2008)

News Round Up (15 April 2008)

Upping Diplomatic, Judicial, Economic and Military Pressure on Syria is Unlikely to Work

Brother Accuses France of Killing Siddiq: US Accuses French and Swiss of Breaking Spirit of Sanctions

News Round Up (7 April 2008)

“Syrian Economy in Downturn,” by Ehsani

Economic War: Syria’s New Struggle

Rami Makhlouf Speaks to the WSJ

Summitry 2

Summitry (26 March 2008)

What is Behind Israeli Offers of Peace Negotiations?

News Roundup (8 March 2008)

News Roundup (28 February 2008)

Syria’s Stand on Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Withdraws Ambassador From Damascus

Sanctions on Businessman Target Syria’s Inner Sanctum

Will Sanctions and the Mughniyah Killing Make Syria Blink?

The Missed opportunity in Lebanon

The Eighth Gate of Damascus

“Once-Socialist Damascus Displays New Wealth, Glitz,” by Deborah Amos

“Syria’s policy, post-Annapolis,” by H. Cobban

Economist: Syrian Economic Outlook for 2008-09

“Syrian expatriates return home in hopes of new wealth,” by Julien Barnes-Dacey

Five undeniable facts about the Syria that I saw / by Ehsani

News Round Up (13 Dec. 2007)

Chinese imports put squeeze on Syrian merchants