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War crimes in Syria: a shared responsibility – By Nikolaos van Dam

This article is translated to Arabic and published by al-Dustur (Jordan), here. A response to Mrs. Alia Mansour’s commentary in al-Majallah magazine is added below. More than 50 kinds of war crimes are defined in the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court. All 50 of those crimes have been committed by various combatants during the war in […]

Ambassador Nikolaos van Dam: My great personal affection for the Syrian people, together with my academic interest in Syria, are the source of my inspiration and activities.

Harmoon Center for Contemporary Studies hosts today, Dr. Nikolaos Van Dam (1945), Excellency of the Dutch Ambassador, who served in 2015-2016 as a special envoy of his country to Syria, after many years of diplomatic work in Lebanon, Jordan, the occupied Palestinian territories, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Germany and Indonesia. The author of “The Netherlands and the Arab […]

Nikolaos van Dam on Syria, Assad, the Opposition, Refugees, Kurds, Terrorism, & the Future of the Middle East

By Nikolaos van Dam – @nikolaosvandam PREFACE TO THE ARABIC EDITION OF DESTROYING A NATION: THE CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA Tadmir Watan: al-Harb al-Ahliyah fi Suriya (Beirut, Dar Jana Tamer, 2018) As there has been such a high demand for an Arabic translation of my book Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria, which appeared less […]

Intervention in Syrien: Sollten wir eingestehen, dass der Krieg gegen das syrische Regime verloren ist? – By Nikolaos van Dam @nikolaosvandam

Intervention in Syrien: Sollten wir eingestehen, dass der Krieg gegen das syrische Regime verloren ist? By Nikolaos van Dam – @nikolaosvandam Vortrag gehalten am 7 März 2018 am Bruno Kreisky Forum für Internationalen Dialog, Wien Veröffentlicht am 8 März auf Syria Comment Übersetzung der Rede in Englisch by Dr. Ann Vogel, a German sociologist, who did her […]

Foreign intervention in Syria: Isn’t it time to admit that the war against the Syrian regime is lost? – By Nikolaos van Dam

Foreign intervention in Syria: Isn’t it time to admit that the war against the Syrian regime is being lost? By Nikolaos van Dam Lecture presented at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna 7 March 2018 & published on Syria Comment Tonight, the 7th of March 2018, it is exactly 55 years ago, that a […]

Reply to Steven Heydemann’s “Assessing Nikolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate” – By Nikolaos Van Dam

Reply to Steven Heydemann’s “Assessing Nikolas Van Dam on Syria’s Fate” By Nikolaos van Dam – @nikolaosvandam  for Syria Comment – November 20, 2017 The assessment of Professor Steven Heydemann of my lecture of 9 November 2017, published in Syrian Comment obliges me to react. Next to concluding that my new Syria book is “an informed and […]

Syria: Who will win the future? – By Nikolaos van Dam

Syria: Who will win the future? BY Nikolaos van Dam – @nikolaosvandam  Henriëtte van Lynden Lecture, Amsterdam, 9 November 2017 [1] We all know that the situation in Syria has become a disaster. And one can ask oneself whether this disaster could have been foreseen and prevented. I personally am convinced that the main developments in Syria […]

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

Nikolaos van Dam writes that “The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations about Syria. The Western approach to the Syrian uprising has from the very beginning been dominated by an overdose of wishful thinking, because precedence was given to supposedly democratic and moralistic ideals over realpolitik. We should not expect any mercy in the way al-Asad’s regime deals with its opponents: there will be no pardon for the massive armed revolutionary opposition groups that are trying to topple the regime. If the regime were to be toppled, its leaders can expect certain execution. t would be naive to expect President al-Asad to sign his own death warrant. By branding the rule of President al-Asad as illegitimate, Western countries may have been morally just, but they thereby prematurely cut off any opportunity they had to play a constructive role in helping find a political solution.

The Work of Fabrice Balanche on Alawites and Syrian Communitarianism reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam

IMPRESSIVE SYRIA STUDIES BY FABRICE BALANCHE Reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam Fabrice Balanche is a well-known French scholar who wrote a lot about Syria, mostly in French. His best-known books are La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien [The Alawi Region and Power in Syria] (Paris 2006) and Atlas du Proche-Orient Arabe [Atlas of the […]

“SYRIAN FUTURE SCENARIOS,” by Ambassador Nikolaos van Dam

SYRIAN FUTURE SCENARIOS Dr Nikolaos van Dam for the panel discussion on the future of Syria, Berlin, Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 23 November 2011 People in general are quite limited in their capabilities when it comes to thinking out or developing scenarios for the future. One of the reasons for this is the quite common lack […]


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