The Syria Project

The Syria Project

Promoting Regime Change in Syria

Over the past two years, the Syrian Civil War has claimed an estimated 60,000 lives as the regime of Bashar al-Assad battles opposition groups to retain its hold on power. The Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of opposition organizations, is now considered by the Obama administration and many in Europe and the Middle East as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people.

FDD’s experts are in close contact with secular, liberal elements within the Syrian opposition and dissident communities to analyze the changing situation and operational environment, and to identify the optimum policy options.

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

11th March 2014 – New York Daily News

Not Quiet on the Northern Front

Benjamin Weinthal

The disintegration of the Syrian state into warring enclaves is bringing with it new challenges and threats for Israel. Alarm bells have now been sounded on Israel'’... more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th April 2014 – NOW Media

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Tony Badran

Last week, Frederic Hof, one of the Obama administration's former top Syria hands, asked whether the administration had a conscious strategy in Syria. Hof, who... more...

23rd April 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June

Tony Badran

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think.. more...

15th April 2014 – Quoted by Glen Johnson, Al Jazeera

Syria’s Conflict Raises Turkey Tension

Jonathan Schanzer

Men sit playing cards in a cafe perched beside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The craggy peak of Mount Aqraa stretches away in the distance. more...

10th April 2014 – NOW Media

Containing the Security Threat

Containing the Security Threat

Tony Badran

In an interview this week, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah offered a confident reading of the situation in Syria and of his party’s involvement there. more...

From the Hill:
In the News

17th December 2013 – Reuters

West Signals to Syrian Opposition Assad May Stay

30th September 2013 – Reuters

Amid Rare Unity, UN Security Council Mulls Action on Syria Aid

29th September 2013 – The New York Times

Swift Movement Is Seen on Syria After UN Action

16th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Suspected Recruiter of Jihadists Arrested in Spain

16th September 2013 – Reuters

Turkish Warplanes Shoot Down Syrian Helicopter

10th September 2013 – The New York Times

Obama Delays Syria Strike to Focus on a Russian Plan

8th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Obama Hones Pitch on Syria As Opposition Rises at Home

4th September 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Senate Panel Backs Use of Force Against Syria

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Strike on Syria Would Lead to Retaliation on Israel, Iran Warns

28th August 2013 – The New York Times

Britain to Press UN Members to Authorize Action in Syria