Academic one-day seminar about thought of Syrian philosopher Sadiq Jalal Al Azm


Academic one-day seminar about thought of Syrian philosopher Sadiq Jalal Al Azm is organized by Harmoon Center for Contemporary Studies

Harmoon Centre For Contemporary Studies issues a detailed vision about the transitional phase in Syria


We don’t foresee any political solution in the near future, nor a political transition; the likely possibility is a flare up of the conflict

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Determinants and Prospects of the Russian-Turkish Relations



The common denominator between Russia and Turkey is that they are both descendants of two Euro-Asian empires, but they have been excluded - both procedural and historical - from the arrangements of the Western European house, since the end of the Second World War and the Cold War, to the present day. If we add the current situation of divergence between the Atlantic system and Moscow, along with careful dealing between the system itself and Turkey, then we will see one of the determinants of the Russian-Turkish rapprochement, which can upset geopolitical equations, if it goes ahead.

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A Few Kurds and the Illusion of Imposing a Fait Accompli



The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), is trying hard to win a Kurdish entity in the north of Syria, in a format that has not yet been determined definitively

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You can run, but you cannot hide, Game is over



It is not yet clear how comforting the Russian promise to the Assad regime, that it would not be targeted again by the Americans. After the April 7 strike on Ashuayrat airport

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Geneva 4, Another Failed Attempt on the Way to the Tricky Solution



"Do not be too optimistic, do not expect miracles"; these were the words of Staffan de Mistura, on the eve of the latest round of Geneva talks in search of a political solution for the Syrian chronical tragedy

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America and the World (Initial Approach)



In his final speech, Barack Obama admitted that his country has fell behind in racial issues in the last eight years, namely his two presidential terms. He said: "Before my election, there was talks about post-racial America", adding: “Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic.”

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Astana Talks: Paves the Way for a New Reference for Political Transition



Once the curtains went down on the Astana conference, it seemed that the chances of ending the Syrian slaughter, and opening the horizon towards a political transition process were instantly weak, with the regime and its Iranians allies tending to attempt achieving a decisive military victory, and follow-up on forced reconciliations and systemic displacements, threatening both Moscow’s and Astana’s declarations.

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Russia’s Change of Position on Syria: Is it Radical or Tactical?



One year on the direct Russian military intervention in Syria, the first signs of change in the Russian position appeared; a change that the opponents of the Syrian regime were counting on, and hoped to happen, since Russia took the role of a strong ally to the regime, to become its partner in war, and the touchstone that ensured its continuation and survival.

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New Turkish Policy and its Impact on the Syrian Issue



The new Turkish political moves, most notably the Russian-Turkish reconciliation of last summer, and its subsequent moves, preoccupied all the forces of the Syrian revolution with all their varieties, and all those interested in the Syrian situation, so that Turkey, which has engaged early in the Syrian conflict, adopted the Syrian revolutionary goals including the overthrow of the regime, and provided substantial support to the political and military revolution forces, also received on its territory millions of Syrian refugees. Thus, Turkey was deeply connected to what was happening in Syria, a country with whom it shared 900 kilometres of boarder, where "the Kurdish threat" was peeking out seeking to establish a separate entity on the ruins of the Syrian mess, represented by its historical enemy the PKK, and its Syrian arm the National Union Party PYD, in addition to the threat to its national security, posed by Iran's presence and its driven Shiite militias in the Syrian territory.

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From Aleppo to Astana: the fortunes of the Russian political track



It is no secret that in the recent months Russia was aspiring to change its track in Syria through transitioning from military action to a political one, in an attempt to put an end to the open war, and release itself from a situation that was constantly dragging it into more military involvement, causing a dilemma that is deepening day after day. The new track Russia is aspiring to would impose their vision of a political solution to the Syrian issue, based on the new reality that it have managed to install through military intervention, and the change it brought forward in the power balance on the ground.

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Academic one-day seminar about thought of Syrian philosopher Sadiq Jalal Al Azm


Academic one-day seminar about thought of Syrian philosopher Sadiq Jalal Al Azm is organized by Harmoon Center for Contemporary Studies

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Moscow Declaration: Between Chances and Obstacles



Originally, the tripartite meeting of Russia Iran and Turkey was scheduled for 27 December 2016, but Moscow's desire to pre-empt any European intervention, and take advantage of the latest events on the Syrian field to prepare for a deal with the administration of the new American president Donald Trump, brought the meeting a week forward, forcing the Syrian issue into a new level of international and regional rivalry.

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Iran and the Developments in Syria



Russia, Iran and Turkey seem to be in a race against time, to set an unchangeable reality, before the President-elect, Donald Trump, is handed his duties. Despite their different motives, they found themselves concluding an agreement among themselves for a common interest which is to deal with the harmful effects of the war in and around Syria,