Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict

by Joel Veldkamp Joel Veldkamp is an MA candidate at the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle East Studies. He lived in Damascus, Syria from September 2010 until May 2011. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelman42 The Facebook page of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party’s Homs branch recently boasted: “The families of Homs return to their […]

“The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State,” By Mara Revkin

The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State By Mara Revkin – @MaraRevkin December 17, 2014 for Syria Comment Notoriously violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban are widely assumed to be lawless organizations. Judge Abraham Sofaer, former Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department, summed up this attitude when he […]

Will the Revolutionary Command Council be Syria’s New Rebel Government?

By Maxwell Martin, a researcher at ARK, a stabilization consultancy based in Istanbul. He has previously written for Foreign Policy and Syria Comment. Follow him on Twitter @WilayatNowhere Between November 27 and 29, the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) was formed after months of preparations, its backers having announced their intention that the RCC would be […]

Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women

Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber discuss the devastating IS campaign to plunder Mosul’s Christians and enslave thousands of Yazidi women: (Watch on YouTube)

The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the rise of IS, it is of interest to examine how IS has secured pledges of allegiance (bay’ah) from other groups both on the domestic front (i.e. within Iraq and Syria) and abroad (e.g. in Gaza-Sinai and Libya). I would argue that the case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (‘The Group […]