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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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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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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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Policy Studying Unit

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,

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Confused Egypt in the New Middle East Equations



It seems that Egypt, which has always been viewed by the Arabs as a pillar for the nation, and a wall that could be leaned on with confidence, having one of the most important geopolitical locations in the world, and great historical and demographic importance, is going through one of its weakest phases; weak in its potential, plagued with crisis, weak in its role in the region, or the world, and it is looking for a role, but with no clue on where to start and how to set a foot on the path towards such goal.

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Revolution Train After Aleppo’s Station



Many analysis and forecasts about the fate of the Syrian Revolutions came out the minute the defeat of the Syrian armed opposition factions surfaced, and their retreat to confine themselves in few neighbourhoods, crowded with civilians, after dominating the eastern part of Aleppo in northern Syria for a while

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The Phenomena of “Militias”, an imminent threat to counties and communities in of the region



Recently, a very serious phenomenon has surfaced widely in this enflamed part of the world, namely the armed militias, which is an imminent threat to the whole region, not only because of the unspeakable massacres committed against civilians in the ravaged countries, neither because of their existential threat to the historically and politically significant concepts of ​​the national state and the national army, but they also threaten the unity of the communities which have been already proven to be very fragile and fragmented by the Arab spring