Archive for the 'Elections' Category

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” by James McMichael

Civilians want a negotiated peace as quickly as possible, while rebel fighters are determined to fight on for military victory. Moreover, civilians want a postwar government with limited religious influence, while rebel fighters want a religion-dominated postwar government. Recent survey results show clear-cut differences between the views of civilians and those of rebel fighters with regard to the war and the political future of Syria.

“Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa,” by Chris Looney

ISIS has employed a governance strategy in Raqqa that is focused on solidifying its rule through intimidation, creating an economy of dependence. Although ISIS may be focused on consolidating its rule locally and expanding its sway within Syria and Iraq for the time being, attacking the West remains a long term strategic objective.

Election Results of the May 7, 2012 Syrian Elections

Mawal95 wrote up this very useful news summary of the results of the May 7, 2012 parliamentary elections in Syria, copied below. In short, the Baath party has won an even larger victory in the 7 May 2012 parliamentary elections than it did in previous elections. The Ba’ath party has won a majority of around […]

Analyzing the largest Syria crisis Facebook polls, by Camille Otrakji

Analyzing the largest Syria crisis Facebook polls, by Camille Otrakji Originally appeared on Creativesyria’s “The Syria Page” blog   Several Facebook polls on the Syrian crisis have been conducted over the past year, eliciting widespread responses among Syrian and Arab Facebook users. While sample sizes vary, many are much larger than regular online polls thereby […]

Syrian Regime Says it is Witnessing the end of the Story; Opposition Calls Meeting in Cairo

As Syria Activists Scatter, Exiled Opponents to Meet BY NOUR MALAS Syria pressed its military crackdown against protesters and arrested hundreds of people in a Damascus suburb Monday, spurring exiled Syrian opposition members to take new moves to help steer the antiregime movement. Exiled opposition members are planning to gather regime opponents in Cairo this […]