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Primer on Sociopolitical and Military Developments in Syria

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Members of Russian and Syrian forces stand guard near posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin 20 August 2018 at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib Province in Syria.

A Logic All Its Own

Russian Operational Art in the Syrian Campaign

Lt. Col. Nicholas Sinclair, U.S. Army

The author describes the unique logic of Russian military thought and how Russia successfully implemented operational art during its campaign in Syria.

Published on 5 November 2019, Military Review Online Exclusives.

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What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria?

What Kind of Victory for Russia in Syria?

By Michael Kofman & Matthew Rojansky, JD

Discussion of the defense of the Baltic States against Russian aggression must also include consideration of what a successful end state would look like should a war be fought in the region, as well as how to take advantage of Russia’s self-identified weakness—its own public.

Published: March-April 2018 Edition of Military Review, p 6

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Fabian Strategy for a Twenty-First Century Hannibal - Reinvigorating U.S. Strategy in Iraq and Syria

Fabian Strategy for a Twenty-First Century Hannibal

Reinvigorating U.S. Strategy in Iraq and Syria

Maj. Kyle D. Packard, U.S. Army

An Army strategist describes how using a Fabian strategy—a guerrilla-style war of attrition to isolate and starve an enemy force—could be effective against Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria.

Published in the September-October 2017 Edition of Military Review, p 60.

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Stability Operations in Syria; The Need for a Revolution in Civil-Military Affairs

Stability Operations in Syria

The Need for a Revolution in Civil-Military Affairs

By Anthony H. Cordesman

Using the situation in Syria as an example, the author explains how the United States needs a revolution in civil-military affairs to be successful in fighting failed-state wars that involve major counterinsurgency campaigns and reliance on host-country forces.

Published in the May-June Edition of Military Review 2017, p 44.

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Stability Operations in Syria; The Need for a Revolution in Civil-Military Affairs

The Syrian Crisis from a Neighbor’s Perspective

View from Turkey

By Karen Kaya

A Middle East and Turkey analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office provides insight into the impact of the Syrian crisis on Turkey, the Middle East, and the international community.

Published in the March-April Edition of Military Review 2014, p 43.

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Jordanian Society’s Responses to Syrian Refugees

Jordanian Society’s Responses to Syrian Refugees

By Capt. Walter C. Haynes, U.S. Army

The influx of refugees caused by the Syrian Civil War could destabilize Jordan, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, through a deterioration of that country’s national identity. The author provides context for the current crisis by examining a similar refugee flow of Palestinians during the 1940s and 1950s and discusses several possible outcomes.

Published in the January/February 2016 Edition of Military Review, p 45.

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Moscow's Syria Campaign Russia Lessons for the Art of Strategy

Moscow's Syria Campaign

Russia Lessons for the Art of Strategy

By Dmitry Adamsky

Published: July 2018 by Russie.Nei.Visions

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Developing a Containment Strategy in Syria

Developing a Containment Strategy in Syria

By Seth G. Jones, Harold Brown Chair; Director, Transnational Threats Project; and Senior Adviser, International Security Program

Published: May 17, 2018 by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

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Putin’s Real Syria Agenda

Putin’s Real Syria Agenda

By Genevieve Casagrande and Kathleen Weinberger

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) produced this report with the Critical Threats Project (CTP). The insights are part of an intensive multi-month exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Syria. The ISW-CTP team recently released “America’s Way Ahead in Syria,” which details the flaws in the current U.S. approach in Iraq and Syria and proposes the first phase of a strategic reset in the Middle East

Published by the Institute for the Study of War, March 2017.

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Russia’s Syrian Campaign & General Gerasimov

Russia’s Syrian Campaign & General Gerasimov

By Chuck Bartles, Foreign Military Studies Office December 28, 2017


Members in Raqqa US-backed Syrian Civil Council Pardons Dozens of Islamic State MembersMembers in Raqqa

US-backed Syrian Civil Council Pardons Dozens of Islamic State Members

By Rikar Hussein and Mahmoud Bali, voanews.com August 16, 2017